Crime Victim Services and Rights

If you are a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or a violent crime, you are entitled to certain rights and information regarding the criminal investigation, prosecution, and outcome of each step of each process. If you are confused as to what your rights are, please feel free to contact the La Palma Police Department, at (714) 690-3370.

Victim / Witness Office
California law provides crime victims with important rights. If you are the victim of crime, you may be entitled to the assistance of a victim advocate who can answer many of the questions you might have about the criminal justice system. To speak with a victim advocate, please contact the Victim / Witness Office at (714) 773-4575.

Victim advocates can assist you with the following:

  • Explaining what information you are entitled to receive while proceedings are pending
  • Assisting you in applying for restitution to compensate you for crime-related losses
  • Communicating with the prosecution
  • Assisting you in receiving victim support services
  • Helping you prepare a victim impact statement before an offender is sentenced