Victim Resources

The University Police Department (UPD) is committed to helping all victims of crime. UPD’s victim resources page provides information for victims in need of assistance during difficult situations.

Marsy's Law

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 information regarding Marsy’s Law and local Victim Witness Assistance Center information by contacting the Attorney General’s Victim Services Unit at (877) 433-9069.

A ‘victim’ is defined under the California Constitution as “a person who suffers direct or threatened physical, psychological, or financial harm due to 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 someone the court finds would not act in the best interests of a minor victim.” (Cal. Const., art. I § 28(e).)

Additional Resources:

    • You have the right to get answers, the right to information, and a right to know. This pamphlet explains key rights, options, and helpful information and resources available to you. You decide. No matter what you choose, you keep your rights. 
    • Domestic Violence is a serious offense in the state of California. It refers to abuse committed against another person who is involved in any of the following categories with the offender:
      • Spouse or former spouse
      • Cohabitant or former cohabitant
      • Fiancé or fiancée  
      • Current or previous engagement or dating relationship
      • The mother or father of the offender's child
    • Stalking is the unwanted pursuing and/or annoying of a person over a course of time that serves no legitimate reason. Its actions are not wanted or welcomed by the victim and have placed the victim in fear for their safety or the safety of their immediate family.
  • How to obtain a Civil Harassment Restraining Order
    • If you have been a victim of a hate crime or bias-motivated incident, call the University Police at (562) 985-4101. In case of emergency, dial 911.
  • California Victim Compensation Board
    • Provides financial assistance to victims of crime and help them restore their lives