What should you do once you have become a victim of a crime? Victims of a crime need to know what their options are. We provide the resources below to help empower you to fight back and find resolution. We will continue to add topics to this page, so please check back often!
First and foremost, file a police report. If you haven't already done so, be sure to file a report with your local law enforcement agency.
Identity Theft (where someone uses your identity to fraudulently obtain money, goods or services) is becoming a very large problem in California. It's very important to learn how to protect yourself from this insidious crime that can ruin your credit rating and cause major problems for you for many years. Visit our page to find out how to prevent and fight this growing problem.
Find out what you can do about domestic violence, annoying/threatening phone calls, and elder/child abuse. Click here for the Domestic Violence and Children: Facts and Resources brochure.
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- 211 Sacramento
A program of the Community Services Planning Council, 2-1-1 Sacramento provides free, confidential information and referral service that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We can refer our clients to more than 2,400 community services in the Sacramento area.
- My Sister's House
My Sister's House is the first and only non-profit organization to specifically identify and address the unique needs of women and children impacted by domestic violence in the Central Valley's highly diverse Asian and Pacific Islander community.
- River Oak Center for Children
Provides innovative and effective early intervention and prevention, outpatient services and other mental health and social services to low-income children/youth and their families without a fee to the consumer. Services assist in developing social and emotional skills, dealing with behavioral challenges, parenting skills, healthy early childhood development, positive relationship building and family strengthening, overcoming anti-social behavioral tendencies in youth, anger management, foster parent training and support and family self-sufficiency.
- Sacramento Citizens' Crime Alert Reward Program
The Sacramento Citizen's Crime Alert Program encourages members of the community to assist local law enforcement agencies in the fight against crime by overcoming the two key elements that inhibit community involvement: fear and apathy.
- Sacramento Crisis Nurseries
24-hour child care to children 0-6 yrs when their parents are experiencing some type of stressful situation which may put the child in an unsafe environment. Can stay anywhere from 24 hrs to 30 days.
- Victims of Crime Resource Center
Primarily through its telephone service, Center staff provide resource and referral information to victims and their families, victim service providers and other victim advocates. Callers receive information on such matters as victims' compensation, victims' rights in the Justice System, restitution, civil suits, right to speak at sentencing and parole board hearings, as well as information on specific rights of victims of domestic violence, elder abuse, child abuse, and abuse against the disabled.
- Volunteers In Victim Assistance (VIVA)
Victims, witnesses, family members and friends of murder, attempted murder, assault, robbery, kidnapping, motor vehicle crashes, domestic violence, sexual assault, traumatic injury; services/programs include individual, family and group counseling, post trauma-expressive arts therapy for children ages 2-18, a crisis line, a community crisis response team, a drop in center, hospital visitation, criminal justice advocacy, court accompaniment, and information and referral.
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- Child Abuse Prevention Council of Sacramento
Seeks to increase public awareness about issues relating to child abuse and neglect. The intent is to build a community which protects its children by recognizing indicators and responding appropriately.
- District Attorney's Victim/Witness Assistance Program
Many victims of crime may suffer physical, emotional, or financial harm due to the crime. Others may face retaliation, intimidation, or may be confused by the criminal justice system. Assistance is available from the Victim/Witness program staff. Trained and experienced advocates provide crisis counseling, orientation to the criminal justice system, community referrals, assistance with applying for victim compensation, a support group for family members of homicide victims, and many other services. Assistance and information is available in several different languages. Special assistance is available to victims of elder abuse and dependent adult abuse.
- A Community for Peace
Free Services for Victims of Domestic Violence that include: 24-hour crisis line (916) 728-7210; in person crisis intervention; short term peer counseling; safe house referrals; support groups; assistance in obtaining emergency food, clothing, and transportation; court accompaniment and advocacy; hospital accompaniment and advocacy; weekly family law legal clinic; assistance to victims who are filing their own restraining orders; information and referral; and community education and outreach.
- Restraining Orders
General Information, Civil Harassment, Domestic Violence, Elder or Dependent Adult Abuse, Workplace Violence, and Emergency Protective Orders.
- Sacramento County Adult Protective Services
Adult Protective Services (APS) is dedicated to maintaining the health and safety of elderly and dependent adults who are victims of abuse or neglect. APS is a state-mandated service program charged with investigating situations involving elderly and dependent adults who are reported to be in danger due to abuse, neglect, exploitation, or hazardous or unsafe living conditions.
- Sacramento County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council
The Sacramento County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council (DVCC) envisions a community where agencies representing all sectors of our society work collaboratively to meet the needs of the victims of domestic violence and promote policy on issues regarding domestic violence. The DVCC is comprised of four standing committees: Law Enforcement, Health Care, Domestic Violence Death Review Team, and Community.
- Women Escaping A Violent Environment (WEAVE)
WEAVE provides crisis intervention services to women, men and children in Sacramento County who have experienced domestic violence or have been sexually assaulted. It is WEAVE's mission to bring an end to domestic violence and sexual assault in partnership with our community.
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- Amber Alert
- California Megan's Law
- Department of Consumer Affairs
- Identity Theft Registry
- Missing and Unidentified Persons
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
- Office of Privacy Protection
- Suicide Prevention
- Victim's Bill of Rights - Marsy's Law
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- National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)
- National Fraud Information Center
- Office for Victims of Crime