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Victim Services FAQs

 
DO I HAVE TO APPLY TO RECEIVE VICTIM ADVOCATE SUPPORT?
No. Advocacy services are available upon request and it is not necessary to apply. Please call us or come by our office and a Victim Advocate will assist you. 
 
I WAS THE VICTIM OF A BURGLARY. CAN I RECEIVE COMPENSATION FOR MY STOLEN BELONGINGS?
The California Victim Compensation Program is unable to reimburse for property loss, however you may be entitled to restitution.  Speak with your Advocate for more information about your right to restitution. 
 
I AM NOT A U.S. CITIZEN. CAN I RECEIVE ASSISTANCE?
Yes.  Both Victim Advocacy and Victim Compensation services are available for any person that is a victim of a violent  crime in the State of California.
 
ENGLISH IS MY SECOND LANGUAGE. CAN YOU STILL HELP ME?  
Yes, we have many bilingual staff and we are able to utilize translation services in over 200 languages.
 
I AM THE VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. CAN MY CHILDREN RECEIVE ASSISTANCE?
Yes. Immediate family members of a victim, such as children or siblings, may qualify for services through the California Victim Compensation Program.  
 
THERE ARE NO CHARGES FILED ON MY CASE. AM I STILL ELIGIBLE FOR ASSISTANCE?
Yes.  It is not necessary for a case to be prosecuted for a victim to request Advocacy and/or Compensation services. 
 
I NEED TO SPEAK WITH THE PROSECUTOR HANDLING MY CASE. HOW CAN I CONTACT THEM?
You can reach the prosecutor assigned to your case by calling one of the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Offices at: 

 

     San Jose (Main):  (408) 299-7400
     Morgan Hill:         (408) 201-0530
     Palo Alto:              (650) 324-6400

     Attorney Directory

I AM A VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND I NEED HELP FILING A RESTRAINING ORDER IN FAMILY COURT. CAN YOU HELP ME?
The Victim Services Unit does not assist in civil or family law matters, but you may be able to meet an attorney at one of the Family Justice Centers who can help. The Family Justice Centers are made up of governmental agencies and community groups who have come together to help provide services and support to domestic violence victims. 
Last updated: 8/16/2018 12:10 PM