Victims of gang violence may experience feelings similar to victims of other types of violence such as helplessness, frustration, and anger. However, victims of gang violence are often subjected to threats of retaliation which may lead to strong emotions of fear and intimidation. This unit is comprised of Victim Advocates and a Witness Specialist who have received training specific to gang violence. The team is well prepared for the challenges of providing assistance to anyone who has fallen victim to the ruthlessness of gang violence.
The staff provides culturally sensitive services including: crisis intervention, criminal justice system support, and referrals to resources in the community. Community outreach and educational workshops are presented on request, with emphasis on mobilization of the community against gang crime and related activities.
Gang Victim Services accepts referrals from various Orange County law enforcement agencies and the general public.
Hate Crime Victim Services
Hate crimes or hate incidents are emotionally traumatic and sometimes violent. The personal nature of hate crimes or hate incidents can have a lasting impact on the victim’s well-being.
What is the difference between a hate crime and a hate incident?
A hate crime is a criminal act or attempted criminal act by a person or group of persons, directed against an individual or a group because of the victim(s) actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or gender. A hate incident is non-criminal conduct that is motivated by hatred or bigotry and directed at an individual, group of persons, house of worship, institution, or business because of the victim’s actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or gender. This may include hate speech (including on the Internet), display of offensive material on personal property and distribution/posting of hate literature that does not result in property damage.
The goal of Hate Crime Victim Services is to assist those who have been physically injured or emotionally traumatized as the result of a hate crime or hate incident. Trained Victim Advocates provide culturally sensitive services including crisis intervention, criminal justice system support, and referrals to resources in the community.
Hate Crime Victim Services works in conjunction with the Orange County Hate Crime Victim Assistance Partnership and accepts referrals from various Orange County law enforcement agencies and the general public.
To report a hate crime or hate incident please call: 1-888-NO-2-HATE (662-4283)
Gang and Hate Crime Victim Services are funded through the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES).