The San Diego County District Attorney’s Victim Services Division strives to reduce the trauma, frustration, and the inconvenience experienced by victims, witnesses, and family members affected by crime. The division is led by Victim Services Director, Linda Pena. The division provides services to victims of crime and their families. In addition, it provides support to victims and witnesses throughout the criminal justice process.
The Victim Services Division helps victims recover more quickly and fully from the effects of crime. Some of the services provided by the division include:
- Crisis Intervention
- Resource and Referrals
- Victims of Crime Claim Submission
- Court Support
- Restitution Assistance
The Victim Assistance Program provides comprehensive services to all crime victims, as mandated by law. Mandatory and optional services are provided to crime victims even when a suspect has not been apprehended or prosecuted. The goal of the program is to reduce the trauma that victims experience in the aftermath of a crime.
The San Diego District Attorney’s Victim Advocates are focused on providing assistance to victims of violent crimes. In 2016, they assisted 12,789 new crime victims. This assistance included 1,301 crisis interventions and 12,130 resources and referrals. In addition, they provided case status to 6,756 victims and court accompaniment to 1,015 victims. Victim Advocates also assisted in filing 869 applications with the Victim Compensation Board.
The Joint Powers Claims Unit processed 1,212 claims from victims of violent crimes and 2,792 bills from service providers. The unit also facilitated payment of nearly $1.4 million to victims from the California Victim Compensation Board Fund.
The Criminal Restitution Recovery Unit helped to obtain and complete 1,529 orders, assisted 5,928 victims, and obtained restitution fines of over $1.7 million. The unit also helped to secure restitution amounts totaling $2.2 million.
Our Senior Probation Officer Liaison provided assistance to 2,928 victims in 1,996 cases. As a result, approximately $851,000 in restitution was distributed directly to victims in 2016.