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Victim Services
        VICTIM ADVOCATE ASSISTS VICTIM WHILE SHE IS SPEAKING TO THE MEDIA

  • Crisis intervention and emergency services. Our Victim Advocates offer crime-related crisis counseling and, when necessary, emergency services: food, shelter, clothing, medical care and transportation.
  • Orientation to the criminal justice system. Dealing with the criminal justice system can be intimidating, confusing, and frustrating. A Victim Advocate can explain your rights as a victim and provide information about the process of the criminal justice system.
  • Notification: Our staff can provide information about the status of a case before, during and after prosecution.
  • Court Support: Appearing in court can be intimidating and inconvenient. A Victim Advocate can help coordinate your scheduled appearance and let you know  what to expect. When needed, Victim Services Advocates accompany victims, witnesses, and family members to court proceedings for support.
  • Referral to community agencies for counseling and other resources. Our personnel are familiar with local, state and national resources. We can provide specific information so you can get the help you need.
  • Special services to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. Victim Advocates are trained to assist with the special needs of sexual assault and domestic violence victims and can provide emergency assistance. 
  • State Victim Compensation.  Victims, or their families, may be eligible for reimbursement through California’s Victim Compensation Program for out-of-pocket expenses resulting from a crime. Funds may be available for medical and hospital expenses, lost wages or support, funeral expenses, mental health counseling, and physical therapy.

 

Witness Services

  • Orientation to the criminal justice system. Dealing with the criminal justice system can be intimidating, confusing, and frustrating. A Victim Advocate can explain your rights as a witness and provide information about the process of the criminal justice system.
  • Notification: Our staff can provide information about the status of a case before, during and after prosecution.
  • Court Support: Appearing in court can be intimidating and inconvenient. A Victim Advocate can help coordinate your scheduled appearance and let you know just what to expect. When needed, Victim Services Advocates accompany victims, witnesses, and family members to court proceedings for support.
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It is the mission of the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office to represent the interests of the people in the criminal justice system, as mandated by California State law. The San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office serves the residents of San Bernardino County by: seeking the truth, protecting the innocent; holding the guilty accountable; preserving the dignity of victims and their families; and, ensuring that justice is done while always maintaining the highest ethical standards.

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