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Finding an Advocate

California Law and Victims’ Rights

California Law provides crime victims with important rights. If you are the victim of crime, you may be entitled to the assistance of a victim advocate who can answer many of the questions you might have about the criminal justice system.

Victim Advocates can assist you with:

  • Explaining what information you are entitled to receive while proceedings are pending

  • Assisting in applying for restitution to compensate you for crime-related losses

  • Communicating with the prosecution

  • Receiving victim support services

  • Helping you prepare a victim impact statement before an offender is sentenced

Find Support

Surviving a violent crime is difficult, and while the crime may only have taken seconds or minutes, the healing process can take quite a while. The road traveled in the aftermath is slightly different for everyone, but we all need help and understanding along the way. It will be important for you to find support during your healing process. Talk with friends, family, a therapist, a support group, or other survivors in the Connect with Others section of the Witness Justice site. If you need immediate help, you may want to call a hotline for anonymous support.

Some hotlines include:

  • Rainn National Sexual Assault Free Confidential hotline

    • (800) 656-HOPE

  • Victims of Crime Resource Center

  • National Center for Victims of Crime

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline

  • National Hopeline Network

  • Love is Respect (National Dating Abuse Calling Line)

  • Rape Abuse & Incest National Network 

    • (800) 646-HOPE (4673)