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1 Shari Farmer, Field Deputy ”Helping Victims Become Survivors” VICTIM-WITNESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM DISTRICT ATTORNEY Jackie Lacey District Attorney

2 HISTORY OF CALIFORNIA VICTIM COMPENSATION PROGRAM Provides compensation for victims of a violent crime Funding comes from restitution paid by criminal offenders through fines, orders, penalty assessments and federal matching funds Started in California in 1977

3 Claims Verification Unit Victim Compensation Assistance Direct Services Advocates provide assistance to crime victims in courthouses and law enforcement stations throughout Los Angeles County VICTIM-WITNESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM TWO DIVISIONS TO ASSIST VICTIMS

4 “How can we assist a crime victim and their family?”

5 What is Covered? Medical expenses Mental health counseling Relocation (up to $2,000) Home Security (up to $1,000) Loss of income Loss of support Funeral/burial costs (up to $5,000) Crime scene clean-up Home/vehicle retrofitting Job retraining or similar employment services

6 Emergency Assistance Assist victim with immediate material needs such as: Temporary Shelter Food Transportation Clothing Medical Care Prescription Medicine Eyeglasses Dentures

7 Court Escort/Support Provide information and/or support to the victim or witness during court appearances Accompany the victim or witness to the courtroom and remain during their court appearance

8 OPTIONAL VICTIM SERVICES Penal Code § 13835.5 OPTIONAL VICTIM SERVICES Penal Code § 13835.5 Creditor/Employer Intervention Restitution Information & Referral Notification Court Calendar Changes Funeral Arrangement Assistance Temporary Restraining Order Information Witness Protection Assistance/Relocation

9 Direct VictimDirect Victim Derivative Victims – family and household members, certain percipient witness to crime, primary caretaker of a victim.Derivative Victims – family and household members, certain percipient witness to crime, primary caretaker of a victim. Immigration status is not a factorImmigration status is not a factor Victims Eligible for Compensation

10 When to Apply for Compensation Victim must apply within three years from the date of the incident. A minor that witnesses domestic violence or is a victim of child abuse or sexual assault, has until their 28 th birthday. APPLY AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE!!!

11 Eligibility Criteria Victim must cooperate with law enforcement and prosecutors Victim cannot be on felony probation or parole Victim cannot have contributed to their own crime

12 Compensation Criteria Crime caused physical injury or threat of injury Property loss not covered Victim Compensation Fund is payer of last resort (e.g. Victim must first use own medical insurance)

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14 Presentations? District Attorney Victim-Witness Assistance Program Administrative Office 3204 Rosemead Blvd., Ste. 200 El Monte, California 91731 Toll Free (800) 380-3811 Shari Farmer Field Deputy – Community Outreach Coordinator Office: (626) 927-2538 Cell: (213) 700-2276 Email: sfarmer@da.lacounty.gov


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