Press Release
For Immediate Release: October 2, 2015
Contact: Anne Gordon, (916) 491-6400
Twitter: @helpingvictims

State’s Victim Compensation Program Launches Sock Drive and Public Awareness Effort to Benefit Survivors of Domestic Violence

Sacramento, CA —The California Victim Compensation Program (CalVCP) is launching a “Socks for Survivors” donation drive in the Sacramento region along with a public awareness campaign during the month of October, which is recognized nationwide as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Donations will support local domestic violence organizations that offer emergency shelter, crisis counseling and information resources to victims.

In acknowledging October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. highlighted the importance for all Californians to recognize, and work together to prevent, this form of violence. “This month is an opportunity to remember that the crime of domestic violence affects not just the households in which it occurs, but the surrounding communities as well.”

Twenty people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States. One in 4 women and one in 10 men in California have experienced domestic violence, and more than one-fourth of those applying for CalVCP assistance are victims of domestic violence.

Brown further states, “It takes a unified community to address this crime, including the many individuals who work to help prevent domestic violence, raise awareness of this ongoing problem and assist those who are victimized by domestic violence. “

For its part as a key leader in providing compensation to victims of violent crime, CalVCP is hosting the “Socks for Survivors” collection drive from October 1 to 28. This year, CalVCP is partnering with the Governor’s Office, the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence (CPEDV), Chicory Tea and Coffee and sister agencies to collect thousands of socks to be distributed to those who need them most.

In addition to the sock drive, CalVCP is also coordinating with key victim rights and assistance organizations on publicizing the month through blogs, event outreach, and tweets and postings on social media throughout October.

“During a crisis, many victims of domestic violence are required to choose between their personal safety and basic necessities such as clothing and shelter,” said Julie Nauman, Executive Officer of the Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board. “These survivors often arrive at shelters empty-handed.”

“Donating new socks is a straightforward way for each of us to help survivors during their most critical time of need,” Nauman added.

New and packaged donations can range from adult to children’s, and professional to fun socks. To donate socks during the month of October, visit one of these drop-off locations:

To learn more about available resources, awareness and prevention, visit the CalVCP Domestic Violence Awareness Month page.

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.

For more information about victims’ rights and services, visit the CalVCP website at CalVCP.ca.gov.

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