Victim/ Witness Program
The Victim/ Witness Program is designed to assist people who have been involved in a crime.
The Victim/Witness Program serves all victims/witnesses of interpersonal crime. Victims/witnesses may suffer from physical injury, disability, emotional trauma, etc. The aftermath of a crime may leave people feeling alone and confused. Our Victim advocates are here to help. An advocate may assist with crisis support, emergency safety and relocation needs, guidance through the criminal justice system, providing case updates and court accompaniment, safety planning, assistance with victim impact statements and help obtaining protection orders. Our advocates can apply on behalf of an eligible victim/witness for compensation from the California Victim’s Compensation Board to potentially receive assistance with counseling, medical bills, home security improvements, funeral costs, lost wages, relocation, and/or 40 sessions of therapy.
Income and documentation of legal status are not required to receive assistance through this program.
Victim of Crime & Government Claims Board Application
Special Events throughout the year for the Victim Witness Program:
- Child Abuse Awareness Month (April)
- Victim Rights Week (3rd week in April)
- Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October)
For more information, contact:
Shelly Ohlms (Victim Witness Manager)
Phone: (530) 934-1457
Teresa Piñedo (Victim Witness Advocate)
Phone: (530) 361-6184
Jesse Powell (Community Outreach/Victim Witness Advocate)
Phone: (530) 319-1813
Domestic Violence Statistics
- Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten.
- Around the world, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime. Most often, the abuser is a member of her own family.
- Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.
- Studies suggest that up to 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually.
- Nearly 1 in 5 teenage girls who have been in a relationship said a boyfriend threatened violence or self-harm if presented with a breakup.
- Everyday in the US, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends.
- Ninety-two percent of women surveyed listed reducing domestic violence and sexual assault as their top concern.
- Domestic violence victims lose nearly 8 million days of paid work per year in the US alone—the equivalent of 32,000 full-time jobs.
- Based on reports from 10 countries, between 55 percent and 95 percent of women who had been physically abused by their partners had never contacted non-governmental organizations, shelters, or the police for help.
- The costs of intimate partner violence in the US alone exceed $5.8 billion per year: $4.1 billion are for direct medical and health care services, while productivity losses account for nearly $1.8 billion.
- Men who as children witnessed their parents’ domestic violence were twice as likely to abuse their own wives than sons of nonviolent parents.