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District Attorney Boudin Announces Expansion of Victim Services to Include Property Crime Advocates

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CONTACT:

Rachel Marshall
/ 415-416-4468 / Rachel.Marshall@sfgov.org
Director of Communications / Policy Advisor / Assistant District Attorney

Today, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced an historic expansion of the District Attorney’s Office’s Victim Services Division (“VSD”).  District Attorney Boudin has, for the first time, secured funding to expand VSD to include two property crime advocates.  The two advocates will support victims of residential burglaries and businesses experiencing storefront vandalism.  The first of the two advocates has started at the District Attorney’s Office this week.

 

“My administration is dedicated to supporting crime survivors, especially following traumatic crimes that leave them feeling vulnerable and afraid,” said District Attorney Boudin.  “We know how violating it can feel to have the sanctity of one’s home breached, and that is why we have prioritized support for victims of home break-ins.  We also know how much our small businesses have suffered as well during the pandemic, which is why we are also providing advocates to merchants facing storefront vandalism.”

 

The New Property Crime Advocate Positions

 There are tens of thousands of victims of property crimes each year in San Francisco and until now, none of these victims could be served by VSD.  The property crime advocates will help alleviate the significant trauma that can result from a home break-in by supporting victims and acknowledging that these crimes can be more than just property damage and loss and can impact victims’ feelings of safety and emotional health. The property crime advocates will providing victims of residential burglaries linkage to community-based resources, assist with the victim compensation application process, and provide navigation through the court process in charged cases. Additionally, the two property advocates will assist small business owners who have struggled during the pandemic and are now impacted by property crime such as vandalism. They will connect these merchants to community-based resources for victim compensation, and, if available, apply for victim compensation for District 5 businesses as part of the District Attorney’s previously announced pilot program with Supervisor Preston, and will work provide court navigation through the court process in charged cases. 

“The SFCDCMA welcomes the expansion of the Victim Services Division to include small businesses who are experiencing storefront vandalism,” said Maryo Mogannam, President of the San Francisco Council of District Merchants Association. “‘It takes a village…’ as they say. We appreciate the District Attorney’s Office expanding their services and look forward to being part of the solution.” 

 

DA Boudin’s Expansion of Victim Services Division

District Attorney Boudin has successfully fought to expand the District Attorney’s Office’s Victim Services Division more broadly as well.  In addition to hiring ten new victim advocates—including eight advocates fluent in English and another language—and securing the two property crime victim advocate positions, DA Boudin has also added to VSD positions for two clinical social workers and two credible messengers.   The social workers will provide intensive case management to victims who are identified as having more intensive needs and will ensure that these victims are assisted with counseling services, supportive or transitional housing, in‐depth explanations of the criminal legal system, and collaboration with other community providers.  The credible messengers are members of the community personally impacted by the legal system who will help crime victims in the Bayview, Visitation Valley, the Mission and Excelsior access services; connect victims with resources; provide trauma-informed responses; and prevent victims of crime from committing crimes themselves.

“The District Attorney’s Office Victim Services Division will continue to push to provide better and more services for victims of crime and survivors in San Francisco,” said Interim Chief of Victim Services and Assistant District Attorney Kasie Lee.  “We are pleased to be able to, at long last, expand Victim Services to include victims of property crimes like residential burglaries—which we know disproportionately impact people of color, immigrants, and people living in poverty.  We hope that in the future we will receive the funding and support to continue our expansion of VSD and ensure that all crime victims in San Francisco can receive the support they need through our office.”

VSD advocates work closely with city and community-based partners in delivering support services to crime victims and survivors. VSD advocates support survivors in a variety of ways, in both charged cases and uncharged cases—such as those still pending investigation and/or an arrest—by providing initial crisis counseling and needs assessments; linkages to city and community based resources; assistance with victim compensation and restitution; and navigation through the criminal legal process.    

If you are a victim of crime in San Francisco, reach out to victimservices@sfgov.org.

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CONTACT: 

Rachel Marshall / 415-416-4468 / Rachel.Marshall@sfgov.org
Director of Communications / Policy Advisor / Assistant District Attorney

三藩市地檢官博徹思宣布擴展受害者服務部及增設財物侵佔罪案倡導專員

三藩市——今天,三藩市地檢官博徹思宣布歷史性地擴展地檢署的受害者服務部。 地檢官博徹思成功調動撥款至受害者服務部,並增設兩名財物侵佔罪案倡導專員。 兩名倡導員將處理住宅盜竊案的受害者和遭受破壞的商業,其中一名已於本週開始在地檢署展開工作。

地檢官博徹思說:「地檢署致力協助罪案受害者,尤其是在罪案發生後,受害者會感到創傷和恐懼。住宅盜竊罪行嚴重侵犯市民的財產及安全,我們會盡所能協助這些罪案的受害者。另外,小商業在疫情期間不幸蒙受損失,所以我們也準備為店舖遭受惡意破壞的商家提供援助。 」

新增設的財物侵佔罪案倡導專員

三藩市每年有數以萬計的財物侵佔罪案受害者,但在此之前,受害者服務部無法為這些受害者提供服務。財物侵佔罪案倡導專員瞭解住宅盜竊不僅僅是財物損壞和損失,還會影響受害者的情緒健康,所以會幫助受害者減輕罪案發生後引致的嚴重創傷。財物侵佔罪案倡導專員還會為住宅盜竊案的受害者提供社區資源的轉介服務和協助受害者申請賠償,並在案件起訴期間提供援助。此外,兩位倡導專員將幫助店鋪遭受破壞等影響的小商業,提供社區轉介服務獲得賠償,符合資格的話,還會協助商家申請賠償金,例如地檢署和市參事潘正義合作在第五區試行的賠償計畫。

三藩市商人協會理事會 (San Francisco Council of District Merchants Association) 主席 Maryo Mogannam 說:「三藩市商人協會樂見受地檢署害者服務部擴張服務至店鋪遭受惡意破壞的小商業。 俗語有云:齊心就事成。我們感謝地檢署擴張服務,並期待參與其中。」

地檢官博徹思擴展受害者服務部

地檢官博徹思同時擴展地檢署的受害者服務部。除了聘請十名新的受害者倡導專員 (當中包括八名精通雙語的員工) 和增設兩名財物侵佔罪案倡導專員外,地檢官博徹思還為受害者服務部增設兩名臨床社工和兩名見證信使 (Credible Messengers) 。 臨床社工會為有需要的受害者提供深入的案件管理,確保他們獲得適當的輔導、支持性或過渡性住房、刑事法律制度的深入解釋,以及其他的社區支援。見證信使是社區中曾遭受司法系統影響的 「過來人」,他們將協助 Bayview、Visitation Valley、Mission 和 Excelsior 的罪案受害者獲取社區資源、提供創傷後應對工作、和防止罪案受害者淪為罪犯。

受害者服務臨時主管兼助理地區檢察官李蕙儀 (Kasie Lee) 說:「地檢署受害者服務部將繼續致力為三藩市的罪案受害者和倖存者提供更多、更完善的服務。 我們很高興受害者服務終於能擴展到包括住宅盜竊等財物侵佔罪案的受害者,尤其是有色人種、移民和生活貧困的家庭。 我們希望未來能夠有資金和支持,以繼續擴大受害者服務部,為所有三藩市的罪案受害者提供所需的支援。」

受害者倡導專員與市府和社區合作夥伴緊密合作,為罪案受害者和倖存者提供支援服務。 無論案件是否被起訴,受害者倡導專員都會以各種方式向受害者提供援助:提供初步危機諮詢和需求評估、 市府和社區資源轉介服務、賠償和補償、及帶領他們渡過刑事法律程序。

如果你是三藩市罪案中的受害者,請電郵victimservices@sfgov.org 聯繫三藩市地檢署受害者服務部。

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