How do I obtain victim assistance information?
- The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office manages the Victim-Witness Assistance Program in Los Angeles County.
- The Victim-Witness Assistance Program may be reached by:
- Calling the central number at 1-800-380-3811
- Calling the Torrance Courthouse number at (310) 222-3599
- Clicking here to jump to information on the Los Angeles County District Attorney's website at http://da.co.la.ca.us/vwap/default.htm
- See the Crime Victims Rights pamphlet here.
- See the Marcy's Law pamphlet here.
If I am the victim of a crime, what types of victim assistance may I receive?
Penal Code 13835.5 mandates and authorizes the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Victim-Witness Assistance Program to:
- Provide assistance to crime victims and their families who:
- Suffered injury
- Were threatened with injury
- Provide emergency assistance
- Provide crisis intervention services and referrals
- Provide counseling resources and referrals
- Assist victims to obtain restitution and compensation
- Assist victims with filing a California Victim Compensation Form
- Guide victims through the court process and the judicial system
- Provide court escort and support services
- Help to request the return of personal property used as evidence
- Work with prosecutors to help people with specialized needs:
- Disabled persons
- Sexual assault victims
- Domestic violence victims
- Gang crime victims
- Help victims and witnesses with language translation needs
- Provide case status or disposition information
- Assist with notification to family, friends and employers
Are there optional victim assistance resources that may be available to me?
Optional services that may be available to you are:
- Creditor Intervention
- Child Care Assistance
- Witness Notification
- Funeral Arrangement Assistance
- Crime Prevention Information
- Witness Protection Assistance
- Temporary Restraining Order Information
- Transportation Assistance
- Employer Intervention
Who is eligible to receive compensation?
- A survivor of a victim who dies as a direct result of a crime
- A crime victim who suffers physical or emotional injury or threat of injury during the crime
- Including crimes of child abuse or sexual assault
- A qualified primary caretaker of a minor victim
- Family members who witnessed the crime
- People legally dependent on qualifying victims for support
- Anyone who takes legal responsibility and/or pays for the medical or funeral/burial expenses of a victim who dies as a direct result of a crime.
What must I do to receive compensation?
- You must:
- Report the crime to the police department.
- Cooperate with law enforcement in the investigation of the crime.
- Cooperate in the prosecution of the criminal case.
- Cannot have knowingly or willingly participated in the crime.
What expenses are covered?
- The following expenses are covered if they are the direct result of a qualifying crime as per Government Code Sections 13950-13966:
- Medical, dental and hospital
- Mental health counseling
- Funeral and burial
- Job retraining and rehabilitation
- Loss of income or support
- Crime scene cleanup
Is there any limit to the compensation?
- The law limits the amount of reimbursement and requires that other available sources of reimbursement must be used first.
- For more information about the laws that regulate Victim-Witness Assistance in California, please go to http://www.vcgcb.ca.gov
What may I do to determine when the person that committed the crime against me will get out of jail?
- Please click here to jump to more information about the VINE Program on the Redondo Beach Police Department website and for additional links to the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department.
- You may enroll in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department VINE Program (Victim Information and Notification Everyday).
- The Sheriff Department's VINE program provides:
- Automatic telephone notification
- 24 hours per day every day
- To victims about the release of inmates from the Los County Jail system
- Call 1-877-VINE-4-LA (1-877-846-3452) to register for notification.
- This service does not provide information about inmates released from state prisons or other county jails.
How may I be notified of a convict's release from prison, escape from prison, or his/her death?
- You may obtain this information from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)
- Complete the CDCR Request for Victim Services Form 1707
- Keep the CDCR Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services informed about your current address
- Obtain the form and filing directions by calling 1-877-256-6877 or
- Visit www.cdcr.ca.gov/victim_services