Victims’ Rights

On November 4, 2008, the People of the State of California approved Proposition 9, the Victims' Bill of Rights Act of 2008: Marsy's Law. This measure amended the California Constitution to provide additional rights to victims. This card contains specific sections of the Victims' Bill of Rights and resources. Crime victims may obtain additional information regarding Marsy's Law and local Victim Witness Assistance Center information by contacting the Victims of Crime Resource Center at 1-800-Victims or 800-842-8467.

Victim Definition

A 'victim' is defined under the California Constitution as, a person who suffers direct or threatened physical, psychological, or financial harm as a result of the commission or attempted commission of a crime or delinquent act. The term 'victim' also includes the person's spouse, parents, children, siblings, or guardian, and includes a lawful representative of a crime victim who is deceased, a minor, or physically or psychologically incapacitated. The term "victim" does not include a person in custody for an offense, the accused, or a person whom the court finds would not act in the best interests of a minor victim." (Cal. Const., art. I, Section 28(e).)

Local Resources & Support Groups

Your local Victim Witness Assistance Center can provide advocacy and specific information on local resources, the Victim Compensation Program, and support groups. To obtain information on the Victim Witness Assistance Center nearest to you contact:

  • Victims of Crime Resource Center
    Phone: 1-800-842-8467

California Statewide & National Resources

View some of the resources available to victims and their families. This is not an exhaustive list. The Attorney General offers these references for informational purposes only.

Victim Compensation Program

Help for victims of:

  • Assault
  • Child Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drunk Driving
  • Homicide
  • Human Trafficking
  • Robbery
  • Sexual Assault
  • Vehicular Manslaughter

Program Compensation

The program can potentially help pay for:

  • Crime scene cleanup
  • Funeral costs
  • Loss of income
  • Medical and dental bills
  • Mental health counseling
  • Relocation


For more information contact your local Victim Witness Assistance Center or the following resources: