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The Kern County District Attorney’s Victim Services Unit is dedicated to ensuring the rights of crime victims are enforced and that victims have a meaningful voice throughout the criminal justice process.

The unit has advocates who are qualified in assisting with the application process for the State of California Victim Compensation Program. The program assists victims of violent crimes with certain crime-related expenses, excluding property loss. Victims may be eligible to apply to the program for reimbursement of actual costs related to the crime, including but not limited to medical or counseling expenses and lost wages.

Advocates can assist with:

  • Providing an in depth orientation of the Criminal Process
  • Providing ongoing status of a Criminal Matter
  • Providing Court Support
  • Obtaining Domestic Violence or Elder Abuse Restraining Orders
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Victim Impact Statements
  • Submitting an application to the State of California Victim Compensation Program.

Marsy's Law (The Victim's Bill of Rights 2008) was approved by the People of the State of California on November 4, 2008. This proposition amended the California Constitution to provide additional rights to victims.

For further details regarding Marsy's Law:

In the State of California there are special programs that provide support, information and assistance to crime victims and their families.

For further details on these programs view:

California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation Office of Victim's Rights & Services

California State Attorney General Victim's Services Unit

How to Apply for Victim Compensation