Victim Advocacy

Victim Advocacy is an essential component of the Family Protection Unit. Non-sworn personnel provide the detectives in the FPU assistance by working as advocates for victims who report sexual and domestic assaults. Advocates provide accompaniment while victims are interviewed and/or undergo Forensic Medical Exams. The advocates also provide victims with referrals to community resources pertinent to their respective needs.

Our Victim Advocate works to help victims find and obtain a multitude of available services in the community (shelter, counseling, legal services, health centers, etc.). The Victim Advocate is also available to discuss safety planning with victims as well as help them understand the criminal justice process and their legal rights, including how to obtain a restraining order.

For more specific information or victim assistance, please contact the Oxnard Police Department Victim Advocate at (805) 385-7629 or email Teresa.Escamilla@OxnardPD.org