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24-Hour Helplines

Domestic Violence: (209) 465-4878
Sexual Assault: (209) 465-4997
Youth/Human Trafficking: (209) 948-1911

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The Victim Compensation Program can help pay bills and expenses that result from a crime. If you have been injured or have been threatened with injury, or if someone in your family has been killed or injured, you may be eligible for victim compensation funds.

Who is Eligible?

Victims of crimes including:

  • Domestic violence
  • Child abuse
  • Assault
  • Sexual assault
  • Molestation
  • Homicide
  • Robbery
  • Drunk driving and vehicular manslaughter

The program is designed to help victims of crimes that occur in California; however, help may also be available to California residents if they become victims in other states or outside the country.

Family members of crime victims can also be helped, including:

  • Spouse or domestic partner
  • Child
  • Parent
  • Legal guardian
  • Brother and/or sister
  • Grandparent
  • Grandchild
  • Significant others in your household

What is Covered?

What expenses can the program cover?

  • Medical and dental treatment
  • Mental health counseling
  • Lost income, if a disability results from the crimeFuneral and burial expenses
  • Loss of support for dependents, if a victim of crime is disabled or killed
  • Job retraining, if the crime victim is disabled because of the crime
  • Home or vehicle modifications if the victim is disabled because of the crime
  • Emergency relocation
  • Insurance co-payments
  • Crime scene cleanup, when the crime happens in the victim’s home
  • Medically necessary equipment

Expenses not covered by the program:

  • Lost, damaged or stolen property
  • Pain and suffering
  • Expenses paid by an insurance company
  • A person who is on felony probation, parole, in jail or prison does not qualify for any funds under this program

Limits apply on how much can be paid for each claim.

Qualification and Applying

To qualify for the program you must:

  • File a crime report with a law enforcement agency or child protective services
  • Apply within one year of the crime (children under 18 when the crime happened have until their 19th birthday to apply)
  • Cooperate with law enforcement during the investigation and prosecution of the crime
  • Cooperate with Victim Witness Assistance Center by providing the necessary information to review and process your application

To apply for help, contact the San Joaquin County Victim Witness Assistance Center at (209) 468-2500.

For more information, visit the California Victim Compensation Program website

WCYFS cares deeply about the health of its community, supporters, clients and team. Due to rising concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and recommendations from government agencies, we have made changes to ensure the safety of everyone.

Effective immediately, the following programs, services and events are limited, postponed or cancelled:


In-Person Services are Limited 

  • Our 24-Hour helplines are available for over the phone crisis services.

24-Hour Helplines 
Domestic Violence | (209) 465-4878 
Sexual Assault | (209) 465-4997 
Youth/Human Trafficking | (209) 948-1911 

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  • Client appointments are available by phone.
  • Court accompaniment will be on a case-by-case basis at this time. 
  • We are still available to assist with any urgent temporary restraining order (TRO) needs over the phone during business hours (209) 941-2611.

Locations Open

  • San Joaquin Street Office
  • California Street Office
  • Shelters
  • Youth Drop-In Center

Locations Closed Until Further Notice 

  • Lodi Office

Cancelled until further notice 

  • Support Groups
  • Parenting Courses 

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding and support! Please call us at (209) 941-2611 or check back for any new updates.