The Los Angeles Criminal Law Blog

Resources For Los Angeles Crime Victims

It can be very frightening to be a victim of any type of crime. In the Los Angeles area, many crime victims are in need of various services that can include counseling, victim compensation, or simply being informed of their rights in the American judicial system. Listed below are some organizations and agencies that can provide assistance and resources to crime victims.

Victim-Witness Assistance Program

This program through the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office provides crime victims with information about their rights in California along with victim compensation. Crime victims can also request other victim services with the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation at their website. http://da.lacounty.gov/vwap/victimsrights.htm

The Hate Crime Victim Assistance & Advocacy Initiative

Trained staff with the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations are able to offer assistance to victims of hate crimes through this advocacy initiative. Financial compensation, counseling, emergency relocation, and explanation of law enforcement and legal matters are just some forms of assistance that the county provides. http://humanrelations.co.la.ca.us/programs/hcva/hcva.htm

Peace Over Violence

This social service agency has been around since 1971 has greatly expanded as a non-profit organization. Victims of sexual assault, rape, domestic violence, or other types of abuse can receive assistance through this group and can also learn how to be an advocate for preventing such crimes after exiting the legal system. http://www.peaceoverviolence.org/

California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board

The California Victim Compensation Program (CalVCP) provides compensation for victims of violent crimes in the state who are injured or threatened with injury. Crimes that are covered under CalVCP include domestic violence, child abuse, sexual and physical assault, homicide, robbery, drunk driving and vehicular manslaughter. http://www.boc.ca.gov/

Our House Grief Support Center

Our House can provide assistance by giving crime victims various resources. The organization is particularly known for helping crime victims with grief by providing various support groups and grief education services. http://www.ourhouse-grief.org/index.asp.