Crimes Against People
Some crimes can leave victims with physical injuries and/or emotional trauma. The Victim/Witness Assistance Center provides basic services and if necessary, referrals to other assistive programs.
- Aggravated Assault
- Assault with a deadly weapon
- Child Abuse
- Domestic Violence
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI) resulting in injury/death
- Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse
- Hit and run causing injury/death
- Sexual Assault
Victims of any of these types of crime may be eligible to apply for compensation for out-of-pocket expenses through the State Victim Compensation Program.
Victim Services offers comprehensive services to victims and witnesses of all types of crimes. We provide assistance from the moment the crime occurs for as long as assistance is needed; there is no cutoff for assistance by the program.
The Program was created by the passage of Section 13835 et sequentes of the California State Penal Code, which mandates local comprehensive centers for victim and witness assistance throughout California and many of the services we offer:
- Case status and case disposition information
- Court escort and court support
- Crisis intervention
- Direct follow-up counseling
- Emergency assistance
- Employer notification
- Notification of family and friends
- Orientation to the Criminal Justice System
- Property return assistance
- Resource and referral assistance
- Victim of crime claims assistance
Other Services Available
- Child care
- Court waiting area
- Creditor Intervention
- Crime prevention information
- Employer intervention
- Funeral and burial arrangements
- Restitution information
- Temporary restraining order information
- Transportation assistance
- Witness notification
If you have been a victim of a crime and need assistance, you can call 707-299-1414. A Victim Advocate will speak with you and determine how we can assist you. Program services are provided free of charge, and there is no legal citizenship requirement to receive assistance.
Download the Napa County Victim Witness Brochure (PDF).
A "victim’ is defined under the California Constitution as, “a person who suffers direct or threatened physical, psychological, or financial harm as a result of the commission or attempted commission of a crime or delinquent act. The term ‘victim’ also includes the person’s spouse, parents, children, siblings, or guardian, and includes a lawful representative of a crime victim who is deceased, a minor, or physically or psychologically incapacitated."
As a victim, you have a right to:
- Be informed about the criminal justice process;
- Be notified and informed of pending felony pretrial/trial dispositions;
- Be heard by the court at sentencing/disposition/parole eligibility hearings;
- The return of property when it is no longer needed as evidence;
- Be notified if your presence in court is not needed;
- Be informed about available civil remedies, financial assistance, and social services;
- Be compensated by the convicted offender;
- Be provided with a secure waiting area during court proceedings; and
- Have inconveniences associated with participation in the criminal justice process minimized.
Adapted from the Crime Victim’s Bill of Rights
Read California's Victims' Bill of Rights Act of 2008: Marsy's Rights - Marsy's Law text adopted on November 5, 2008.