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  ( Title 2 enacted by Stats. 1943, Ch. 134. )


  ( Division 3 added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 111. )


  ( Heading of Part 4 amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 31, Sec. 102. )

CHAPTER 5. Indemnification of Victims of Crime [13950 - 13966]

  ( Chapter 5 added by Stats. 2002, Ch. 1141, Sec. 2. )

ARTICLE 1. General Provisions [13950 - 13951]
  ( Article 1 added by Stats. 2002, Ch. 1141, Sec. 2. )


(a) The Legislature finds and declares that it is in the public interest to assist residents of the State of California in obtaining compensation for the pecuniary losses they suffer as a direct result of criminal acts.

(b) This chapter shall govern the procedure by which crime victims may obtain compensation from the Restitution Fund.

(c) Any reference in statute or regulations to Article 1 (commencing with Section 13959) of Chapter 5, as it read on December 31, 2002, shall be construed to refer to this chapter.

(Added by Stats. 2002, Ch. 1141, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 2003.)


As used in this chapter, the following definitions shall apply:

(a) “Board” means the California Victim Compensation Board.

(b) (1) “Crime” means a crime or public offense, wherever it may take place, that would constitute a misdemeanor or a felony if the crime had been committed in California by a competent adult.

(2) “Crime” includes an act of terrorism, as defined in Section 2331 of Title 18 of the United States Code, committed against a resident of the state, whether or not the act occurs within the state.

(c) “Derivative victim” means an individual who sustains pecuniary loss as a result of injury or death to a victim.

(d) “Law enforcement” means every district attorney, municipal police department, sheriff’s department, district attorney’s office, county probation department, and social services agency, the Department of Justice, the Department of Corrections, the Department of the Youth Authority, the Department of the California Highway Patrol, the police department of any campus of the University of California, California State University, or community college, and every agency of the State of California expressly authorized by statute to investigate or prosecute law violators.

(e) “Pecuniary loss” means an economic loss or expense resulting from an injury or death to a victim of crime that has not been and will not be reimbursed from any other source.

(f) “Peer counseling” means counseling offered by a provider of mental health counseling services who has completed a specialized course in rape crisis counseling skills development, participates in continuing education in rape crisis counseling skills development, and provides rape crisis counseling within the State of California.

(g) “Victim” means an individual who sustains injury or death as a direct result of a crime as specified in subdivision (e) of Section 13955.

(h) “Victim center” means a victim and witness assistance center that receives funds pursuant to Section 13835.2 of the Penal Code.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 31, Sec. 118. (SB 836) Effective June 27, 2016.)

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