Press Release
For Immediate Release: October 5, 2016
Contact: Janice Mackey, (916) 491-3821
janice.mackey@victims.ca.gov
@helpingvictims

CalVCB Focuses on Domestic Violence Awareness Month

National October Observance Shines Light on Social Epidemic

Sacramento, CA — The California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB) is observing domestic violence awareness month through collaboration with community partners and social media outreach. The goal is to help domestic violence victims find the resources and help they need to recover.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been a victim of intimate partner violence in the United States. In California alone, domestic violence shelters serve almost 5,800 women and children daily.

“This year, CalVCB is collaborating with the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence (CPEDV) to spread the word about the vicious cycle of domestic violence,” said CalVCB Executive Officer Julie Nauman. “A social media push utilizing Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and infographics will provide education and resources for those affected by this deplorable crime.”

CalVCB is dedicated to helping domestic violence victims by providing compensation for medical and mental health treatment, home security, relocation and income loss. In the last year, CalVCB paid $52,140,278 to victims of violent crime. Of that, 27 percent of the 51,188 applications received by the program were for claims related to domestic violence.

To learn more about CalVCB’s awareness activities and other domestic violence resources, please visit victims.ca.gov/dv.

More about CPEDV’s efforts during the month of October can also found on CPEDV's DVAM page.

For other assistance, victims can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-SAFE. For immediate assistance, call 911.

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The California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB) 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. Last fiscal year, the program received nearly 50,000 applications and provided over $52 million in compensation to crime victims.

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