The District Attorney’s Victim Services Division provides supportive services to crime victims and witnesses pursuant to California Penal Code Sections 13835.4 through 13835.5. The division is comprised of one program manager, one victim services volunteer coordinator, four full-time victim advocates, and one comfort dog.
The victim services provided include, but are not limited to:
Advisement of Victims’ Constitutional Rights Under Marsy’S Law
Assistance With Claims for Losses Suffered as a Result of Crimes Committed Against Them
Referrals to Community Resources
Support Through the Court Process
In addition to serving victims, the staff is actively involved in community outreach and public presentations throughout the year in an effort to raise awareness of crime victims’ rights and services.
Staffing for this division is funded through state and federal resources allocated under the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), Victim Witness Assistance Program, 2011 Public Safety Realignment revenue, and the County General Fund. Annually, the division provides services to over 2,100 crime victims and witnesses and conducts dozens of presentations and community outreach events throughout Napa County.
The victim services division also includes a paralegal who is assigned to restitution recovery with the primary mission of obtaining court-ordered restitution to reimburse victims of crimes.