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Victim Services

The Victim Services Division provides comprehensive advocacy and support to victims and witnesses of crime. The Victim Services Division offers free services in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish and Vietnamese. Our Victim Advocates work to ensure that crime victims and their families are provided the services and information necessary to be an integral part of of the criminal case process. It is our mission to ensure that you are treated fairly and that your voice is heard.

Victim Advocates can provide the following services:
  • Information on your rights as a crime victim
  • Guidance on dealing with the court system
  • Contact information for local resources and counseling referrals
  • Assistance in filling out applications for the California Victim Compensation Program (CalVCP) to reimburse you for out-of-pocket expenses related to your victimization
  • Ongoing support while you learn to cope
  • Spanish, Vietnamese, Mandarin, and Cantonese speaking advocates are available

Apply for a Victim Services Division Internship 

The Victim Services Division of the Office of District Attorney George Gasc¤în provides comprehensive advocacy and support to victims and witnesses of crime. The Victim Services Division offers free services in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Spanish. Our Victim Advocates work to ensure that crime victims and their families are provided the services and information necessary to be an integral part of the criminal case process. It is our mission to ensure that victims are treated fairly and that their voice is heard.

Victim Advocacy Services:

  • Information on rights as a crime victim
  • Guidance in navigating the criminal justice system 
  • Referral to local resources and services
  • Assistance in filling out applications for the California Victim Compensation Program (CalVCP) Crisis support services

Job Responsibilities:

1. Assist victims of crime to navigate the criminal justice System.
2. Conduct crisis counseling and intakes with victims of crime including assistance in filing California Victim Compensation Applications.
3. Provide court support and escort victims to the Courtroom when needed to testify. Offer emotional support throughout the day when the victim is testifying.
4. Assist with front office responsibilities, including: answering phones, transferring calls to Advocates, filing, receiving, copying, and submitting documents (i.e. medical bills, appeal letters, receipts).
5. Assist with client intakes.
6. Accurately gather, organize and record data relevant to advocacy cases.
7. Provision of case status updates.
8. Offer information and make appropriate needs-based referrals to: hospitals, clinics, mental health facilities, emergency resources, and community based organizations.
9. Work with Assistant District Attorneys, Investigators, and Police Inspectors on case development.
10. Conduct other duties required by management to guarantee the successful operation of the unit (i.e. generating reports, collecting and analyzing data).
11. Serve as liaison between the Victim Witness Unit and victims, witnesses, other law enforcement agencies, community agencies, service providers and other governmental personnel as such relate to advocacy.
12. Assist Victim Advocates updating and conducting outreach for new cases.

Qualifications:

We are looking for highly motivated, responsible candidates from the criminal justice, social work, psychology and legal academic studies fields. Candidates will be required to make a 9 month commitment, and work a minimum of 16 hours per week, days/times to be determined by the Intern Coordinator. Internship may meet the requirements of academic courses or departments. Bilingual skills (Spanish and Cantonese) are highly desirable.

To Apply:

Send resume and cover letter to:
Attention: Omar Reyes, Victim Services Advocate/Inter Coordinator
Omar.Reyes@sfgov.org or victimservices@sfgov.org
Deadline to apply: 3/15/15


If you would like to find out more about the Victim Services, please contact us at

San Francisco District Attorney’s Victim Services Division
850 Bryant Street, Rm. 320
San Francisco, CA 94112

(415) 553-9044

Victim Services Office Hours:

Hall of Justice – 850 Bryant Street
Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm

Child Support Clinic
1st and 3rd Mondays, 9am to 11am

Cooperative Restraining Order Clinic
Tuesdays, 1 to 5pm

La Casa de las Madres
-Please call to schedule a meeting

Mission - Mujeres Unidas, 3543 18th Street
-Please call to schedule a meeting

Chinatown – Cameron House, 920 Sacramento Street
-Please call to schedule a meeting

Bayview –YMCA, 1601 Lane Street
-Please call to schedule a meeting

Tenderloin – Glide, 330 Ellis Street
-Please call to schedule a meeting

 
Last updated: 2/13/2015 4:42:51 PM