Victim/ Witness Program
The Victim/ Witness Program is designed to assist people who have been involved in a crime.
People face many problems after becoming a victim of a crime. Victims often suffer from a physical injury or emotional trauma. Victims often feel alone and confused. A Victim Advocate assists victims with their immediate safety needs, their understanding of the criminal justice system and their financial, emotional and mental support, and legal resource information. Financial awards for up to $7,000 are available to victims/witnesses who meet eligibility guidelines. Victim/Witness services include: crisis intervention and on-going support; emergency assistance; referrals to additional services; advocate services for the family, friends and employers; orientation and education of the victim of the criminal justice system; temporary restraining orders; victim of crime compensation and restitution.
Crisis Intervention, Emergency Assistance, Criminal Justice System Orientation, Court Escort & Support, Victim of Crime Compensation, Case Status-On going support, Restitution, Resource & Referrals, and Victim Impact Statements.
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
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.