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: 

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

A Direct Order of restitution awarded by the sentencing judge, may be collected on behalf of the victim of the crime for any economic loss; medical, funeral expenses, or counseling. Request for Victim Services (CDCR 1707) If you are the victim of crime, victim's next of kin, witness, or concerned citizen and you would like to receive notification of the status of the adult inmate in prison, request special conditions of parole for the inmate when he/she is released from prison, or provide the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) with information to verify the collection of restitution ordered to you by the court, you may use the CDCR Form 1707:

CDCR Form 1707 (click link to open form)

For More Information:
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Links to Other Victim Services in Santa Cruz:

 

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