Victim Services - Juvenile Program
The Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services (OVSRS), Juvenile Services Unit, provides services to victims of offenders housed in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). The OVSRS works with victim/witness assistance agencies, probation departments, and courts to enhance services to victims.
The OVSRS-Juvenile Services Unit services are based on the premise that the justice system is accountable to victims and has a responsibility to offer services and implement programs that address the impact of crime on victims.
Services to victims:
- Notification of offender status
- Notification of annual case reviews
- Notification of parole hearings
- Accompaniment to parole hearings
- Restitution collection and disbursement
- Assistance in preparing victim impact statements
- Referrals for civil recovery, counseling, financial assistance and restraining orders
The OVSRS-Juvenile Services Unit reviews cases for victim restitution orders, Victims of Crime claims, and fine assessments. These efforts are enhanced by a California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board (VCGCB) interagency agreement, which has resulted in aggressive identification of offender restitution obligations, increased assessment, collection and disbursement of money to victims and the VCGCB.
Interagency Collaboration: The Victims Reparation Project ensures offenders are held accountable for the financial consequence of their criminal activity. Cases are monitored for restitution compliance and contact is made with the committing court to amend orders.
The Direct Services Enhancement Project provides services to victims of more serious and violent offenders committed to CDCR DJJ, many of the victims/survivors having no previous contact with the OVSRS-Juvenile Services Unit.
Victim Focused Offender Programs: The Impact of Crime on Victims (ICV) program has been replicated locally and nationally. The curriculum covers specific crime topics and includes video clips and activities to reinforce learning. Whenever possible victim speakers personalize the impact of crime by speaking face to face in a classroom setting.
The OVSRS-Juvenile Services Unit provides Offender Restitution Training to DJJ offenders. The objective is to educate offenders regarding restitution and its governing laws, improve offender accountability and responsibility; thus, increasing fines and victim restitution payments.
National Crime Victims Rights Week: The OVSRS-Juvenile Services Unit facilitates and participates in National Crime Victims' Rights Week through a variety of statewide and local site activities.
Legislation: The OVSRS-Juvenile Services Unit advocates on behalf of victims by proposing and monitoring legislation related to crime victims' rights, offender accountability and public safety.
If you or someone you know is a victim of a juvenile offender who has been committed to the Division of Juvenile Justice, you may complete a Request for Offender Information, and mail it to the address indicated on the form.
For further information, please contact the OVSRS-Juvenile Services Unit at (916) 262-0896.
Information Papers and Brochures:
- Program Information Fact Sheet
- Information for Victims Brochure
- Restitution Information for Victims Brochure
- Victim Impact Statement Writing Guide
- Offender Restitution Brochure
- Resources for Victims and Volunteers Working with Victims
- Victim/Witness Assistance Centers (listed by County)
- Staff Victim Notification Request Form
- Post Incident Stress Coping Strategies