Ventura County Sheriff's Office

02/09/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/09/2018 19:42

Countywide - Resources Available for Victims of Violent Crime

In high-profile criminal cases, the public focus is often aimed primarily at the suspects, mainly

because people seek to understand why criminals prey upon others in our communities. What

people often forget are the victims of those crimes, whose suffering can continue well beyond the

criminal act itself.

In law enforcement, our mission is to seek justice for victims of crime, and we work with victims

every day in the pursuit of justice for them. Part of that mission is to connect victims of violent

crime with the resources that are available to them both locally and at the state level. Anyone

who suffers physical injury or the threat of physical injury as a result of violent crime can apply for

state assistance to help pay expenses for such things as medical and dental treatment,

counseling, income loss, funeral and burial expenses, residential security, relocation and more.

California was the first state to create a victim's compensation program in 1965. Today, the

California Victim Compensation Board administers funds collected through restitution and fines

paid by criminal offenders. Those funds are disbursed to victims of violent crimes who apply for

them. For information about the VCB and resources available to crime victims, visit the VCB

website at

advocate program can be found at the Ventura County District Attorney's website: