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The James Rowland Crime Victim Assistance Center
“A Voice For Victims”

karen-roachKaren Roach
Probation Services Manager

locations below

Assistance to victims of crime is important to the people of Fresno County. In 1975 under Chief Probation Officer James Rowland, the Crime Victim Assistance Center (CVAC) was formally established through a state grant; the Fresno County Probation Department became the first Probation Department in California to establish such a Center. A year later, recognizing that victims needed a voice in court, James Rowland created the first Victim Impact Statement to provide the judiciary with an objective inventory of victim injuries and losses at sentencing. Today the right to give a victim impact statement is protected by the California State Constitution

Today The James Rowland Crime Victim Assistance Center (CVAC) is a permanent part of the Probation Department serving over 5,000 crime victims and witnesses annually. The Center assists crime victims and witnesses with a number of specific services and referrals identified in the information below.

559-600-CVAC (559-600-2822)

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:00 - 12:00; 1:00 - 5:00


 CVAC Main Office
2233 Kern St.
Fresno, CA. 93721 map
(559) 600-2822
 CVAC Seniors & Dependent Adults
2025 E. Dakota #201
Fresno, CA. 93726 map
(559) 600-1651
 CVAC Victims of Juvenile Offenders
3333 E. American Ave. Suite B119
Fresno, CA. 93725 map
(559) 600-4749

Who Do we Serve?

  •  Domestic Violence
  • Crimes Against Children
  • Assault
  • Sexual Assault
  • Homicide
  • Robbery
  •  Drunk Driving
  • Vehicular Manslaughter
  • Crimes Against the Elderly (65 yrs. +)
  • Crimes Against Dependent Adults
  • Threats


Additional Services

  • Federal Services
  • State Services
  • Local Services
  • Federal Law Enforcement
  • State Law Enforcement
  • Local Law Enforcement

California Victim Compensation Program

You may be eligible if your are...

  • Injured as a result of a crime
  • Dependent upon the victim for support or are the primary caretaker
  • In need of financial assistance for medical, mental health, or funeral/burial expenses
  • A family member reside with the victim an in need of services as a result of the crime
  • A child residing in a home where domestic violence occurs
  • A "Good Samaritan" who is injured or suffers a loss while assisting a victim during a crime
  • A witness to a crime, under 18 years old, and not related to the victim

Services Provided

  • Crisis Intervention and Counseling
  • Emergency Assistance and Referrals
  • Assistance Filing for Financial Help with the California Victim Compensation Program
  • Orientation to the Criminal Justice System
  • Court and Parole Hearing Support
  • Restitution Assistance
  • Assistance with Victim Impact Statements
  • Criminal Case Status and Disposition
  • Information and Referrals Regarding Protective and/or Restraining Orders
  • Employer and Creditor Intervention
  • Presentations and Training

Have Questions?

Victims' Rights

How You Can Help

  • Volunteering at CVAC
  • Donations

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