Media Advisory
For Immediate Release: April 16, 2014
Contact: Anne Gordon, (916) 491-3821
Email: anne.gordon@vcgcb.ca.gov

Crime Victims’ Rights Month Digital Town Hall

State of California to Discuss Victim Service Collaboration and Address Victim Rights

Victims' Rights Digital Town Hall. Join the Victims' Rights discussion online! April 16, 10 AM to noon. Take part in a conversation between crime victims, victim advocates, and dignitaries on victims' rights and needs. Follow on Twitter using the hashtag #VRtownhall.

Sacramento, CA —Today at 10 a.m., District Attorney Yolo County Jeff Reisig and Crime Victims Action Alliance Executive Director Chris Ward, will moderate two panels as part of the California Crime Victims’ Rights Month Digital Town Hall.

With introductions by the California Victim Compensation Program Executive Officer Julie Nauman, distinguished leaders in the victim services community will focus on two primary efforts — collaboration of victim services and ensuring the rights of victims of violent crime.

Designed to be an interactive discussion and accessible to all, people throughout the state are encouraged to participate in the conversations by contributing thoughts, experiences, questions and concerns. CalVCP will share viewer feedback and questions live through the chat function on WebEx, and on Facebook and Twitter using hashtag #VRtownhall.

Nearly a dozen distinguished moderators and panelists will join Nauman for the two one-hour sessions through WebEx.

Session One | Collaborative Victim Services | 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Moderator
Christine Ward, Executive Director, Crime Victims Action Alliance

Panelists

  • Jacquie Marroquin, Capacity-Building Program Manager, California Partnership to End Domestic Violence
  • Paul Durenberger, Assistant Chief Deputy District Attorney, Sacramento County
  • JoAnn Goodwin, Manager, California Victim Compensation Program
  • Joyce Bilyeu, Crime Survivor and Advocate, Child Abuse Prevention Center

Discussion
This session will look at collaborative approaches to best serve survivors of crime. Panelists will explore how victims are able to find the help they need, consider ways that organizations can work even more collaboratively, and highlight successful efforts.

Session Two | Victims’ Rights, Victims First | 11 a.m. – Noon

Moderator
Jeff Reisig, Yolo County District Attorney

Panelists

  • Officer Dave Cropp, City of Citrus Heights Police Department
  • Patricia Fong, Deputy District Attorney, Yolo County
  • Wayne Strumpfer, Chief Council, California Victim Compensation Program
  • Joyce Bilyeu, Crime Survivor and Advocate, Child Abuse Prevention Center

Discussion
This session will explore the current state of victims’ rights, with the overarching theme of putting victims first. Panelists will explain the rights of victims, awareness surrounding these rights, and emerging trends or challenges regarding victim issues.

The sessions are accessible on our Town Hall Web page, and it is suggested each participant join a test meeting at least one hour before the Town Hall to ensure that WebEx will run properly. Contact CalVCP Public Affairs department at (916) 491-6400 or email publicaffairs@vcgcb.ca.gov if you have any questions. 

For more information about CalVCP visit the CalVCP Website.

The California Victim Compensation Program (CalVCP), a division of the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board (VCGCB), 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. The program is not taxpayer funded.