Crime Victim Assistance Organizations

Resources for Victims

  • Local Victim Resources
    View CalVCB's list of victim witness assistance centers and other resources in each county in California.
  • 2-1-1
    2-1-1 is available throughout the U.S. and in many parts of Canada by phone, text, and web. A toll-free call to 2-1-1 connects you to a community resource specialist in your area who can help you find services and resources that are available to you locally and provide critical services that can improve — and save — lives.
  • VictimConnect Resource Center
    VictimConnect provides live anonymous referrals and support for victims of crime, their friends, and families through the National Center for Victims of Crime. VictimConnect is free and has phone lines available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern Time and a chat platform open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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Domestic Violence:

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline
    The National Domestic Violence Hotline creates access by providing 24-hour support through advocacy, safety planning, resources and hope to everyone affected by domestic violence. Call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
  • National Dating Abuse Helpline
    The National Dating Abuse Helpline and are designed to engage, educate and empower youth and young adults to prevent and end abusive relationships. Call 1-800-331-9474.
  • American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Inc.
    The Educational and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery offers consultation and surgery, pro-bono, to eligible individuals who have received facial injuries through domestic violence.
  • Give Back a Smile
    The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Charitable Foundation's (AACDCF) Give Back a Smile (GBAS) program heals some of the most devastating effects of intimate partner violence, by restoring the smiles of adult women and men who have suffered damage to, or lost, their smiles at the hands of a former intimate partner or spouse.
  • myPlan App
    myPlan is a tool to help you identify, navigate, and provides resources for a range of relationship abuse concerns if you, or someone you care about, is experiencing abuse in their intimate relationship.
  • StrongHearts Native Helping (1-844-762-8483)
    The story of the StrongHearts Native Helpline began in 2012 when the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) and the National Domestic Violence Hotline (The Hotline) began discussing the need for a domestic violence hotline to support tribal communities across the United States.
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Human Trafficking Victims

  • Senate Bill 1193: Information for Victims of Human Trafficking
    Sample notices with human trafficking hotlines are legally required to be posted in certain places where trafficking victims are likely to see them. The notices provide critical information on where to get help and tell the public how to report suspected human trafficking. View and print in English and Spanish (En Espanol)
  • Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST)
    The mission of the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) is to assist persons trafficked for the purpose of forced labor and slavery-like practices and to work toward ending all instances of such human rights violations.
  • Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting and Serving Sexually Exploited Youth (MISSSEY)
    MISSEY provides direct services to commercially sexually exploited children and young women, which includes case management, resource services, and our Safe Place Alternative drop-in recovery center. They also provide exploited children with client advocacy, case management, and additional recovery and transition services.
  • New Day for Children
    The programs provide safe and secure living environments for children from California and other referring states 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, until they are healthy and prepared to live again with their families or guardians or until attaining adulthood.

Sexual Assault Victims

  • National Sexual Assault Hotline
    RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline, a nationwide partnership of more than 1,100 local rape treatment hotlines that provides victims of sexual assault with free, confidential services around the clock. Call 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).
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Historical Background

Women's suffrage

"The first humble beginnings of an agitation..." Helen Taylor, 1866.

Gillian Murphy portrait image


Gillian Murphy

Curator for Equality, Rights and Citizenship

Our collections contain primary source material relating to the campaign for women’s suffrage. The majority of this collection forms part of the Women’s Library, whose roots are founded in the suffrage movement. This collection includes personal papers of suffragists and suffragettes, records of suffrage organizations and the newspapers, journals and pamphlets published by these organizations. There are also badges, postcards, posters, banners and other 3D objects on this subject. Learn More.

The Women's Legal Defense and Education Fund

Women Valued Initiative


Since its founding in 2017, the Women Valued Initiative has educated, empowered, and elevated all women, including those who are most marginalized, with stronger legal protections and guidance about their rights.


The Violence Against Women Act at 25

SEPTEMBER 13, 2019

A short history of VAWA and its various reauthorization efforts over the years to commemorate the 25th anniversary of this groundbreaking legislation.

A Short History of VAWA

Victim Advocates Training: Helping Sexual Assault Victims Navigate the Criminal Justice System


Victim advocates play a critical role in many aspects of victims’ lives and decisions in the aftermath of a sexual assault. This free online web course provides the information advocates need to be able to respond to victims’ questions about the criminal justice system in advocates’ own jurisdictions. The course explores the myriad issues surrounding sexual assault in our society, which is epidemic across the country, and inflicts profound harm on victims yet remains vastly under-reported and under-prosecuted.


Intimate Partner Sexual Abuse: Adjudicating This Hidden Dimension of Domestic Violence Cases


Intimate partner sexual abuse (IPSA) is an often-overlooked aspect of domestic violence cases.  IPSA encompasses a continuum of behaviors—from verbal degradation to felony-level sexual abuse and torture. This free online course is used by judges and a wide variety of justice-system professionals. It provides current interdisciplinary research from law, medicine and the social sciences to help identify victims of IPSA and understand the heightened risk of escalating violence and the potential lethality that it poses to victims and their children.


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