Media Release
For Immediate Release: April 15, 2013
Contact: Anne Gordon, (916) 491-3821
Email: anne.gordon@vcgcb.ca.gov

Remembering and Empowering Those Affected by Violence

Month-long observance addresses victim rights and sheds light on available services

Sacramento, CA — In response to the over 150,000 murders, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults reported each year in California, and another 150,000 which are presumed to be unreported, California Crime Victims’ Rights Month is a time to focus on crime victims and their rights, finding new ways to address issues and provide them with much-needed resources.

“I am very pleased to work in a state rich with exemplary nonprofits, agencies, dignitaries and community members committed to helping those who have suffered a violent crime,” said Julie Nauman the Executive Officer of the Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board.

Throughout the month, CalVCP will be joined by partners to heighten community awareness and involvement through the annual Victims’ Rights Rally, Denim Drive collection and Denim Drive-Thru to benefit local nonprofits and survivors, participation in statewide county events, blogs posted by respected leaders in victims’ rights and services, and a Victims’ Rights Digital Town Hall.

“The annual Victims’ Rights Rally is our pinnacle event of the year,” said Nauman. “Each year I am moved by the support we receive from the community, victims, advocates, and government officials; their care for victims is an inspiration to me.” The first ever Victims' Rights Digital Town Hall will allow survivors, providers, and advocates to participate from throughout the state. The Town Hall, held on April 24 and 25, will focus on human trafficking, sexual assault, domestic violence, physical assault, cultural barriers, and valuable resources for victims and survivors.

Since April is also Sexual Assault Awareness Month, CalVCP is conducting its annual Denim Drive to collect denim clothing for three local nonprofits, while raising awareness to the issues surrounding sexual assault. The drive will conclude on Denim Day, April 24.

California Crime Victims’ Rights Month is not only designed to raise awareness but also to spark action. We ask everyone to take the time to learn and understand their rights and educate themselves about the services available to them in our Golden State.

CalVCP received more than 53,000 applications and provided more than $70 million in compensation to crime victims last fiscal year. Through the program, victims can be reimbursed for crime-related expenses including costs associated with funeral services, medical bills, mental health treatment, and relocations. Funding for CalVCP comes from federal grants and criminal restitution fines and not taxpayer dollars.

For more information about CalVCP, visit the CalVCP website at CalVCP.ca.gov.

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, 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.