Who We Are 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. McGeorge students, under attorney supervision, provide information and referrals statewide to victims, their families, victim service providers, and victim advocates. Primarily through the hotline, Center staff provide resource and referral information to victims and their families, victim service providers and other victim advocates. Callers receive information on such matters as victims compensation, victims' rights in the Justice System, restitution, civil suits, 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 disabled. The Center is mandated by legislation, California Penal Code Section 13897, and is funded through the California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA). Victims' Services Providers- Technical Assistance In addition to providing information and referrals, the Center provides legal research on victims’ issues for service providers. Upon request, the Center performs special research for other victim service providers. Past research topics have included prosecution of criminal cases by private parties; the charging of kidnapping as a special circumstance in murder; return of property held in evidence; subpoena access to Victims of Crime Act claim files; statutory requirements for the amount a judge must order for restitution fines; the appropriateness of victim impact statements in capital cases; and attendance of support people at court hearings and proceedings in sexual assault cases. Provide VCRC Publications The Center also publishes and distributes thousands of free informational brochures on victims’ rights, which are widely used by law enforcement and victims’ organizations throughout the state. To request brochures, please call 1800VICTIMS (842-8467). Representation Determined on a case-by-case basis, the Victims of Crime Resource Center may be able to offer limited respresentation to victims of crime. Through this service, victims will be able to receive assistance from attorneys in exercising their rights at various stages in the criminal justice process (pre-trial, trial and post-trial). Our mission is to seek to protect victims' rights in the following areas: Information and notice of the criminal proceeding Be treated fairly and with respect Be present during criminal proceedings Be heard by the judge through a victim’s impact statements Seek protection from harassment or intimidation, Privacy, Prompt disposition of the case, and Restitution for economic loss to the victim.
Victims With Disabilities
Who are victims with disabilities?
This section is devoted to information and resources to help victims of crime with physical and/or mental disabilities. Finding adequate advocacy for victims of crime is a challenge in itself, but finding an advocate that has the proper knowledge and training to meet the needs of a victim of crime with disabilities is an even greater challenge. To make matters even more complex, available research suggests that people living with disabilities are more likely to be victims of crime. This section is aimed to address some of the frequent challenges disabled victims of crime face, as well as to provide references to resources that can help those experiencing more specific issues. Victims of crime with disabilities can include people of all ages, societal, educational and economic backgrounds. The Americans with Disability Act (“ADA”) defines disability in three ways:
- “A physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one of more of the major life activities of such an individual;
- A record of such an impairment; or
- Being regarded as having such an impairment”