Victims of any crime in the State of California.
The Center has operated the State of California’s confidential, toll free 1-800-VICTIMS line since 1984. McGeorge students, under attorney supervision, provide information and referrals statewide to victims, their families, victim service providers, and victim advocates. Primarily through the hotline, Center staff provide resource and referral information to victims and their families, victim service providers, and other victim advocates. Callers receive information on such matters as victims compensation, victims’ rights in the Justice System, restitution, civil suits, right to speak at sentencing and parole board hearings, as well as information on specific rights of victims of domestic violence, elder abuse, child abuse, and abuse against disabled. In addition to providing information and referrals, the Center provides legal research on victims’ issues for service providers. Upon request, the Center performs special research for other victim service providers. The Center also publishes and distributes thousands of free informational brochures on victims’ rights, which are widely used by law enforcement and victims’ organizations throughout the state.