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It’s Crime Victims Rights Week – resources available in Plumas

Submitted by District Attorney David Hollister

In 1981 Ronald Reagan proclaimed the inaugural National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW), which has challenged the Nation to confront and remove barriers to achieving justice for all victims of crime. During NCVRW, we celebrate the accomplishments of the victims’ rights movement and reflect on how far we have come.

The Plumas County District Attorney’s office and the Plumas County Victim/Witness Assistance Program remain committed to advocating for victims, building resilience in our community, and recognizing victim responders for their efforts.  “Those victimized by crime, especially when someone is physically harmed, often encounter one of the most challenging times in their lives. We continue our commitment to provide our services and support the excellent work of the Victim/Witness advocates in making sure victims of crime are educated, supported and provided with the most transparent insight possible so they can navigate the prosecution of their perpetrator through the criminal justice system and obtain justice.” – David Hollister, Plumas County District Attorney

This year’s theme is Survivor Voices: Elevate. Engage. Effect Change. Plumas County’s’ Victim/Witness Assistance Program is here to support the community and amplify the voices of victims and survivors in order to create environments where these individuals have the confidence they will be heard, believed, and supported. It is our mission to inform policy and practice, and thereby effect change. By engaging, we will ensure our responses and services to victims and survivors are credible, meaningful, and centered on their individual needs.

In the continuous endeavor to support victims and survivors, the Plumas County Victim/Witness advocates are available to provide the following services.

  •   Orientation to the criminal justice system
  •     Court escort
  •     Secure waiting room prior to trial
  •     Resource and referral assistance
  •     Case status (next hearing dates, trial date, sentencing date, etc.) and case disposition
  •    Assistance with claims with California’s Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board
  •     Assistance in seeking a restitution order from the defendant
  •     Restraining order assistance
  •     Assisting victims of crime with their Victim Impact Statements
  •     Notification of the crime to family/friends/employers at the request of the victim

A Victim/Witness advocate can be reached at 530-283-6285. If you are in need of an advocate during an emergency, call 911 or for Non-Emergencies call the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch at 530-283-6300. Case status can also be learned by calling the Plumas County District Attorney’s Office at 530-283-6303.

The following links provide a great resource of information for victims and survivors. We would like to encourage the citizens of the county to educate themselves on their rights and know resources are readily available.

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