The Victims of Crime Resource Center is located on the Pacific McGeorge School of Law campus in Sacramento, California.
The Center has operated the State of California's confidential, toll-free 1-800-VICTIMS line since 1984. Primarily through the hotline, McGeorge law students provide resource and referral information to victims and their families, victim service providers, and other victim advocates. Callers receive information on matters such as victims compensation, victims' rights in the justice system, restitution, civil suits, the right to speak at sentencing and parole board hearings, as well as information on specific rights of victims of domestic violence, elder abuse, child abuse, and abuse against the disabled.
The Center is mandated by legislation, California Penal Code Section 13897, and is funded through the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (CalOES).
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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Sexual Assault or Sexual Abuse is a crime of control and violence usually perpetrated in hidden places but not always by unknown people. Sexual abuse does not differentiate among education, social or physical characteristics. Help spread awareness and prevent sexual assault by learning more about statistics, risk factors, victim’s rights and resources to get help. Click here to read more.
February is Teen Dating Awareness Month. Dating violence can only be prevented when teens, families, organizations, and communities work together to spread awareness and implement prevention strategies. Please click here for an article on teen dating violence, including warning signs and resources to get help!
In December 2013, the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board (Board) announced its decision to eliminate Rule 649.56, Involvement in the Qualifying Crime of Prostitution, to allow victims of crime who are engaged in an act of prostitution at the time of the attack to potentially be eligible for state assistance. The decision came after evaluating stakeholder input collected at multiple public hearings and via written submissions. After a three-member Board determined that the existing regulation inappropriately restricted victims of violent crime from receiving necessary assistance, the Board unanimously ruled that “the involvement in prostitution should no longer be a barrier to receiving help from CalVCP.” The Board’s staff will begin the formal rule making process to eliminate the regulation that will include a public comment period and approval from the Office of Administrative Law.
We are excited to announce that we are now able to assist victims with hearing impairments! Please call our TTY line at 916-739-7083
SB 1193 passed the California state legislature in September of 2012 and went into effect in April of 2013. This bill requires certain establishments to post a notice informing the public of telephone hotlines available for victims of human trafficking to receive help and for others to report unlawful activity. These toll-free hotlines are available 24 hours a day and are completely confidential and anonymous. For more information about SB 1193 visit the Attorney General’s website at https://oag.ca.gov/human-trafficking/sb119