The Victim Services Division has been providing support to victims of crime and their families since 1975. Our Victim Advocates care for a victim’s physical, emotional and financial needs after a crime. We do this by providing support, information, links to community resources and assisting in the enforcement of victim’s rights.
Our services are free of charge and are provided to all individuals regardless of immigration status, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion or income.
If you or a member of your family have been the victim of crime, our Victim Advocates are here to help.
If you are a crime victim we can help you. Below are some services that may be available to you including:
Under Marsy’s Law, the California Constitution article I, § 28, section (b) provides victims of crime with 17 enumerated rights.
What rights do I have as a victim of crime?
As a victim of crime you have the following rights throughout the case…
As a victim of crime you have the following rights regarding bail and post-arrest release…
As a victim of crime you have the following rights post-conviction…
There are many other rights afforded to victims of crime in the criminal justice process. To learn more about the rights that may be available to you, please contact a Victim Advocate.
If you or a member of your family have been the victim of a violent crime, you may be eligible to receive financial assistance through the California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB) .
CalVCB may cover...
To learn if you may be eligible for CalVCB, please contact a Victim Advocate.
California law requires a judge to order every defendant convicted of a crime to pay restitution to a victim in every case where the victim suffered a financial loss as a result of a crime.
What costs can I request as restitution?
Any crime-related expenses such as the value of stolen/damaged property, repair costs, towing fees and any other losses that are not covered by CalVCB.
How do I collect restitution that is owed to me?
Depending on the type of sentence imposed on the defendant, restitution is paid into an account. The agency responsible for collecting will forward any restitution payments made by the defendant to the victim.
If the offender was convicted to probation or county jail…
An account in the victim’s name will be created at San Mateo County Revenue Services. The offender will pay into that account.
For inquiries about restitution collection through San Mateo County Revenue Services, please contact (650) 363-4155 or email@example.com
If the offender was sentenced to prison…
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) will collect any moneys owed to the victim in restitution.
For inquiries about restitution collection through the CDCR, please contact (877) 256-6877 or firstname.lastname@example.org
San Mateo County Jail Inmate Locator:
To sign up to be notified when an offender is released from the county jail, please visit https://smc-inmatelocator.org or call (650) 363-4424. You will need the offender’s name, date of birth and/or inmate number.
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Inmate Locator:
To be notified if an offender is released, dies, escapes, files an appeal or has a parole hearing, please contact CDCR Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services at: 1-877-256-6877 or complete a Victim Request for Services (1707) form at https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/victim_services/application.html. You will need the offender’s name, CDCR number and court case number.
Rape Trauma Services (RTS)
Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA)
Support for DV Survivors
Apoyo a Sobrevivientes de Violencia Domestica
Crafting Your Victim Impact Statement
Formulario de Declaracion de Impacto de la Victima