Victim Rights Advocacy Project (VRAP)

The California Victims’ Bill of Rights Act (CVRA) was written in a way that left much to interpretation, resulting in confusion about when the rights afforded to victims were actually allowable for victims. The Santa Clara County Victim Rights Advocacy Project (VRAP) was formed to ensure consistent interpretation and application of victim rights, for  survivors of intimate partner abuse, human trafficking, and sexual assault, across governmental and community-based  organizations in Santa Clara County. Additionally, VRAP aims to identify opportunities to increase gender-based violence survivors’ access to culturally responsive victim services, legal representation, civil and criminal court systems, and social service benefits.

In partnership with Community Solutions, Maitri, Evident Change, and the South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking, VRAP has identified gaps from the perspective of survivors and advocates and are developing overarching recommendations.

Click the image below view the full VRAP report with final recommendations.

At Community Solutions I met some wonderful women who helped me with my fears and helped me understand that I did not deserve to be abused by anyone.

Luz, age 50, Solutions to Violence

[Community Solutions] helped me with my problems and were there when I was having hard times. They have helped my family with a place to live and helped us pay some bills and buy some food when we needed it.

Serena, age 15, Child & Youth Behavioral Health

I cannot describe very well but all I know is that each day is getting better. Your program helps.

Jin, age 62, Adult Behavioral Health

Thanks to the program, I left the ugly house I was living in that had two small windows for the 8 of us, dirt floors, broken windows, no door, and the toilet always clogging. Now my children and I have a nice apartment where we have more space, privacy, and carpet where we can be barefoot.

Teresa, age 38, Solutions to Violence Supportive Housing Program