The Victim Assistance Program offers comprehensive services to victims of all types of crimes. Victim Advocates assist victims from all walks of life and experiences, regardless of age, background, and/or immigration status. All services are free of charge. An advocate can assist you even if a suspect is not identified or if criminal charges have not been filed. The Program was created by the passage of Section 13835 et seq. of the California State Penal Code, which mandates local comprehensive centers for victim and witness assistance throughout California. In the County of San Diego, this assistance is administered through the District Attorney's Office.
The Program may assist with the following Victim Services:
Victims of violent crimes may receive reimbursement for eligible losses from the Victim Compensation Board. The Board is
primarily funded by restitution fines that convicted offenders are ordered to pay by the court. In San Diego, claims are
administered by the Joint Powers Unit. For questions regarding existing claims please contact (619) 531-3915. The application
for the Crime Victim Compensation can be found here: CalVCB Application .
See The California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB) for more information.
What losses are eligible for State Board claims payments?
Expenses not eligible for State Board claims payments:
The Victim Compensation Board is a payer of last resort and will only pay crime-related expenses not covered by insurance or other reimbursement sources. Benefits cannot exceed a total of $70,000 for a particular crime. Each of the above losses may have their own limits. You do not need a lawyer or other representatives to receive payments through the California Victim Compensation Board.
Restitution is an order made by the Judge as part of the defendant’s sentence that requires the defendant to repay the crime victim for losses suffered as a result of the defendant’s criminal conduct. Restitution may include but is not limited to: the replacement or repair cost of stolen or damaged property, ambulance and medical bills, counseling and therapy expenses and lost wages for time spent assisting the police or prosecution.
Submit a Restitution Request
If you are a victim in a filed criminal case and would like to submit a restitution request, please click on the below link:
***IMPORTANT: Please submit only one (1) form. Do not submit a restitution request in unfiled cases, civil matters or private disputes. The form applies to both adult and juvenile cases.
You Have a Right to Restitution
In California, victims of crime have a right to restitution, and it is the policy of the San Diego District Attorney’s Office to assist all victims in obtaining restitution orders from convicted defendants in every appropriate case. If you need assistance, please call (619) 531-3517 or email Restitution@sdcda.org. A representative will help you.
If you need assistance in a juvenile case, call (858) 694-4271 or email Juvenile.Restitution@sdcda.org.