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  Victim/Witness Assistance Division  
  Jennifer Lightfoot, Program Director  
  Visalia Porterville Juvenile  
  221 S Mooney Blvd Room 264 643 N Westwood 11200 Ave 368, Rm 101  
  Visalia, CA  93291 Porterville, CA  93257 Visalia, CA  93291  
  (559) 636-5471 (559) 782-9600 (559) 735-1470  
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California has a history rich in the development of victim services, and in 1980, the first Victim/Witness Assistance Division was established in Tulare County. The division came under the direction of the Office of the District Attorney on July 1, 1996, and continues to be the major provider of victim services in Tulare County.

The program has offices in Visalia, Porterville, and Juvenile, and services the courts

Victims of violent crime can incur major financial and emotional losses. The Victim/Witness Assistance Division can assist victims in applying for assistance from the California Victim and Government Claims Board (www.vcgcb.ca.gov) in Sacramento. Losses that are covered include medical and counseling services, assistance with funeral/burial expenses, relocation expenses for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, and crime-scene clean-up. The fully-trained staff provides excellent referral services designed to help victims with their recovery. In addition, our staff offers court support for those victims called to testify in a criminal jury trial.

If you or someone you know, has been a victim of crime, the Victim/Witness Assistance Division can help you by providing one or more of the services
listed below:

  Crisis Intervention
  Orientation to the Criminal Justice System
  Court Support
  Case Status Information
  Property Return Information
  Community Resource and Referral Counseling
  Assistance in Filing for Financial Reimbursement for losses incurred

You are eligible for help from the Victim/Witness Assistance Division if:

1.  A crime was committed against you and you reported the crime and cooperated fully
    with law enforcement, the district attorney, and the courts.

2. You were not involved in committing an illegal act at the time of the crime

3. The crime occurred in California or you are a resident of California and had a crime
    committed against you in another state.
  To read more about Victim Services, download a brochure  

Office of the District Attorney, County of Tulare
 ▫  221 S Mooney Blvd, Rm 224, Visalia, CA 93291-4593    (559) 636-5494
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