A Victim Advocate can give you information about your rights, and help you make requests for information and notifications during the criminal case. They are not attorneys, and their services are not confidential.
Know your rights
The California Constitution gives rights and protections to crime victims and their families. Some of these rights are automatic, but the victim may need to request (ask for) other rights, sometimes in writing.
Get free help and advocacy from the Victim Legal Resource Center.
Available M-F 7am-5pm PT; Live Chat is available on the website. Phone or text: 1-800-VICTIMS (842-8467).
Name Change in California
If you’re filing a case to change your name or your child’s name, you can ask the court to keep your name change confidential if you are:
in the State Witness Program or the Safe at Home address confidentiality program
changing your name to avoid domestic violence, stalking, or human trafficking, or are a victim of sexual assault
Talk to a Self-Help Center to learn about your options. If you are asking to change a child’s name, you must still notify the child’s other parent, even if you are requesting a confidential name change for the child.