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Current Events & Developments

  • 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.

  • As part of our “Know Your Rights” campaign, the Center began collaborating since December 2013 with the local magazine d’primera mano. Through a series of articles in Spanish, we joined efforts to provide to the local Spanish speaking community with information about victims’ rights and the several resources available in California for the victim and the victim’s family. Our first montly collaboration began with an article on “Cyberbullying” o Intimidacion Cibernetica.
  • Due to the increase in identity theft in California, we have added additional information to our website about tax-related identity theft. Click here for information and resources.
  • 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

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