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Victim/Witness Resources

VictimsResources for Victims of Crime

On this page, you will find information about our Victim Services Division and information on how to protect your self against crime. We offer tip sheets and handbooks on various topics. You will also find a list of other agencies that may be able to help you.

Are you a victim of crime? The SFDA Victim Services Division can help.

The Victim Services Division provides comprehensive advocacy and support to victims of crime and witnesses to crime. We provide services in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish, and Vietnamese. The services we provide include: assistance with "Victim Compensation Program" claims; crisis intervention and emergency assistance; help navigating the criminal justice system; resources and referrals; restitution; witness relocation; transportation; and many more. All services are free of cost. Call us for more information: 553-9044.

What are your rights as a victim of crime?

Click here to see what victims' rights are under the law.

How should you prepare for court?

Click here for information about how victims should prepare for court.

What is the state "Victim Compensation Program"?

Under California law, qualifying victims of crime may receive financial assistance for losses resulting from a crime when they cannot be reimbursed by other sources. The Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board, Victims of Crime Program, administers California's Crime Victim Compensation Program. The following losses may be covered by the Program: Medical, Dental, Mental Health Counseling, Wage Income Financial Support, Funeral Burial, and Job Retraining. Call us for more information: 553-9044.

If your family member is a homicide victim:

We support families of homicide victims by providing: funeral and burial assistance funds of up to $5,000; crisis intervention and grief counseling; crime scene cleanup; and moving assistance or emergency shelter for qualified individuals. Call us for more information: 553-9044.

If you are a LGBT crime victim:

Many crimes against LGBT victims are vastly underreported. District Attorney Gascón's Office has a specialized LGBT Victim Services Unit. The unit is comprised of a LGBT victim advocates who are experienced in serving LGBT victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. Call us for more information: 553-9044.

If you are a business owner and you received a bad check:

click here

Victim Services Office Hours and Locations

Monday through Friday:
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
3rd Friday 9:00am to 2:00pm

850 Bryant Street, Room 320
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 553-9044

Monday through Friday:
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
375 Woodside
San Francisco, CA
(415) 753-4418

Office Hours in the Community:
Mission – Mujeres Unidas
Wednesdays, 11:00am to 1:00pm
3543 18th St # 3 San Francisco, CA

Chinatown – Cameron House
Wednesdays. 9:30am to noon
920 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA

Bayview – YMCA
Thursdays, 2:00pm to 6:00pm
1601 Lane Street, San Francisco, CA


Additional Resources For Victims

Click here for additional City and County Resources for Victims.

Police and Ambulance (Emergency Assistance)

Crisis Line

CA Youth Crisis Line

Suicide Prevention

San Francisco General Hospital

Rape support agencies
Rape Treatment Center

SF Women Against Rape (SF WAR)

Domestic violence agencies

National Domestic Hotline

A Man's Place (shelter)

A Woman's Place (shelter)

Asian Women's Shelter (DV shelter)

La Casa de las Madres (DV shelter)

Break the Cycle (DV Teens)

Cooperative Restraining Order Clinic

Riley Center (DV shelter)

WOMAN, Inc. (shelter clearinghouse)

Rosalie House (DV shelter)

Elder agencies

Elder Friendship Line

Senior Information and Referral

Adult Protection Services

LGBT agencies
Community United Against Violence (CUAV)

Child Abuse agencies
Child Protective Services

San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center

SF General Hospital: Child and Adolescence
Sexual Abuse Resource Center (CASARC)


Quick Tip Sheets

Use these tip sheets to protect yourself against crime.

How to protect yourself against:

Mortgage and Investment Fraud

How to protect yourself against:

Identity Theft

How to protect your child from:

Internet Exploitation

How to get help or get out of:

Abusive Relationships

How to protect yourself or your family member from:

Elder Abuse

(All documents are PDF files).

Last updated: 2/13/2014 3:56:37 PM