Media Release
For Immediate Release: August 30, 2012
Contact: Anne Gordon, (916) 491-3821
Email: anne.gordon@vcgcb.ca.gov

School Violence Remains a Concern

Prevention Tips for Parents and Guardians

Sacramento, CA - As more than six million K-12 students return to school this month, the California Victim Compensation Program (CalVCP) reminds parents and guardians the important role they play in their child’s safety.

Fortunately, schools are taking great measures to improve campus safety and a variety of practices are being implemented to prevent and reduce violence. CalVCP Executive Officer Julie Nauman emphasizes the necessary role parents have in combatting school violence, “It is critical for parents and guardians to connect with their child’s school and familiarize themselves with the prevention efforts already in place. Volunteering for an anti-bullying, coaching or mentoring program is a great way to help combat and even prevent violence on campuses.”

As your children and teens adjust to the new school year, review the following tips to prevent one of the most common roots of school violence, bullying.

“CalVCP has seen a slight increase in escalated bullying cases over the years. Bullied, assaulted, sexually abused and hate crime victims seek help from our program for financial assistance to cover medical treatment or mental health counseling,” said Nauman. “Keeping our children safe is a responsibility for all, but when violence strikes at our schools, there is help through CalVCP.”

For more information about CalVCP visit the: CalVCP Website

The California Victim Compensation Program (CalVCP) provides compensation for victims of violent crime who are injured or threatened with injury. Among the crimes covered are domestic violence, child abuse, sexual and physical assault, homicide, robbery, drunk driving and vehicular manslaughter.

If a person meets eligibility criteria, CalVCP will compensate many types of services when the costs are not covered by other sources. Eligible services include medical and dental care, mental health services, income loss, funeral expenses, rehabilitation and relocation. Funding for CalVCP comes from restitution fines and orders, penalty assessments levied on persons convicted of crimes and traffic offenses, and matching federal funds.

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