Public information regarding sex offenders in California may be obtained by viewing http://www.meganslaw.ca.gov/ Once you have read and acknowledged the disclaimer on the Megan’s Law webpage, you may search the database by a sex offender's specific name, obtain ZIP Code and city or county listings, obtain detailed personal profile information on each registrant, and use the map application to search your neighborhood or anywhere throughout the State to determine the specific location of any of those registrants on whom the law allows us to display a home address.
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 webpage 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.
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, § 28(e).)
Local Resources and Support GroupsYour 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
1-800-VICTIMS or 1-800-842-8467
California Statewide and National Resources The following are 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.
California Attorney General's Victim ServicesUnit 1-877- 433-9069 www.ag.ca.gov/victimservices
California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation, Office of Victim & Survivor Rights & Services, 1-877-256-OVSS (6877) www.cdcr.ca.gov/victim_services Rape, Abuse, Incest, National Network 1-800-656-HOPE, http://www.rainn.org/ California Partnership to End Domestic Violence 1-800-524-4765 www.cpedv.org Center for Missing & Exploited Children 1-800-THE-LOST, 1-800-843-5678 www.missingkids.com National Center for Victims of Crime 1-800-FYI-CALL, 1-800-394-2255 www.ncvc.org/national
National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) www.ndvh.org
Recovery.org for Addiction and Domestic Violence or Sexual Abuse1-888-299-8125www.recovery.org
Victim Compensation ProgramHelp for victims* of:
What potentially can the Victim Compensation Program help pay for?
For more information contact your local Victim Witness Assistance Center or:
Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board1-800-777-9229 www.victimcompensation.ca.gov The definition of victim under the Victim Compensation Program may differ from the definition under the California Constitution.Victim Services Unit 1-877- 433-9069 http://oag.ca.gov/victimservicesDecember 2008
California Constitution, Article I, Section 28(b)In order to preserve and protect a victim’s rights to justice and due process, a victim shall be entitled to the following rights:
A victim, the retained attorney of a victim, a lawful representative of the victim, or the prosecuting attorney upon request of the victim, may enforce the above rights in any trial or appellate court with jurisdiction over the case as a matter of right. The court shall act promptly on such a request.
(Cal. Const., art. I, § 28(c)(1).)