Office of Victim & Survivor Rights & Services

Helping victims during COVID-19

We know the current situation is challenging. We commit to monitoring evolving concerns and remain dedicated to delivering services to victims of crime. To protect the health and safety of our staff, the CDCR Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services (OVSRS) has transitioned its services to work remotely as much as possible. CDCR’s OVSRS customer service remains available and will continue to process requests as efficiently as we can. The quickest way to contact Victim Services is via email at

Formed in 1988, the mission of CDCR’s Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services (OVSRS) is to give crime victims and their families a voice. The formation of the office has laid the groundwork for enforcing victims’ rights and providing services.

National Crime Victims' Rights Week
April 23-29, 2023
Survivor Voices
Elevate. Engage. Effect Change.

OVSRS maintains a comprehensive victim services program and establishes justice practices to ensure crime victims and survivors are afforded the utmost respect in exercising their legal rights. To this end, OVSRS is responsible for providing information, notification, restitution, outreach, training, referral and support services to crime victims and their next of kin.

This website will provide you with valuable information if you were the victim, survivor, or witness to a crime and the offender was sentenced to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) either in an adult or juvenile facility.

What’s New?

  • May 2, 2022 – OVSRS has launched an online reservation system for victims and their families wishing to participate in an upcoming parole hearing. If you have received a notice of parole hearing you can register online to participate
  • March 14, 2022 – CDCR implements automated transfer notifications to victims registered to receive notifications regarding the offender’s status.
  • April 23-29, 2023 – National Crime Victims’ Week: Survivor Voices: Elevate. Engage. Effect Change. More to Come soon.

How can we help you?