The San Diego County District Attorney’s Victim Services Division strives to reduce the trauma, frustration, and inconvenience experienced by victims, witnesses, and family members affected by crime. The division is led by Victim Services Director Linda Peña.
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 Victim Services Division helps victims recover from the effects of crime. Some of the services provided by the division include:
- Crisis intervention
- Resource and referrals
- Victim Compensation Board application assistance
- Court support
- Restitution assistance
Victim Advocates are focused on providing assistance to victims of violent crimes. In 2018, they assisted 13,315 new crime victims. This assistance included 1,567 crisis interventions and 13,718 resources and referrals. In addition, they provided case status to 7,291 victims and court accompaniment to 1,895 victims. Victim Advocates also assisted in filing 948 applications with the Victim Compensation Board.
The Joint Powers Claims Unit processed 1,649 claims from victims of violent crimes and 3,007 bills from victims and service providers. The unit facilitated payment of over $1.7 million from the California Victim Compensation Board.
The Criminal Restitution Recovery Unit helped to obtain and complete 1,572 orders, assisted 2,946 victims, and obtained restitution fines of over $1.4 million. The unit secured restitution for the State Victim Compensation Board in the amount of $565,169 and over $1.2 million in victim restitution.
The Probation Officer Liaison provided assistance to 612 victims in 232 cases. As a result, $451,971 in restitution was distributed directly to victims in 2018.