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Santa Cruz County
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Victim Services

Mission Statement

The mission of the Victim/Witness Program is to inform, assist, and support victims of violent crime in their interactions with the criminal justice system, and to protect their rights in a manner no less vigorous than the protection afforded to criminal defendants.

Victims will be treated with dignity and respect to reduce the trauma and insensitive treatment that can be experienced in the aftermath of a crime. We will also work to improve the system's understanding of the needs of crime victims and their families.

Services We Offer

Services are offered to the victims of violent crimes and other eligible family members. These crimes include sexual assault, elder abuse, physical and sexual child abuse, domestic violence, murder, attempted murder, assault, robbery, homicide, hit‑and‑run accidents with injury, and driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage or drugs that causes injury or death.

The services provided include:

Coordination with Criminal Justice Agencies

Crisis Intervention

Assistance with Claims Reimbursement

Counseling

Court Escort

Explanation of Court Procedures and Case Status Information

Liaison and Referral to Community Resources

Information Regarding Restraining Orders

Follow‑up Support to Victims and Their Families

Employer Notification and Creditor Intervention

Bereavement and Injury Notification

Restitution Information

Victims' Rights

Victims' Marsy Rights ‑ English ‑ Spanish

Post Sentencing Services

If you are a victim of a crime and the offender is under the supervision of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, you have the right to request Notification Upon an inmate’s:

Release

Death

Escape

Transfer

Parole status/hearing

Special Conditions of Parole

A victim’s request for special conditions of parole, will be considered by the Parole & Community Services Division at the time of release

Restitution