The Sexual Assault Unit has three assigned Victim Witness Advocates who are Sexual Assault specialists. They are often with the victims during physical examinations. The advocates orient victims with the criminal justice system, assist them throughout the court process including sentencing, and follow up with counseling and other support services by way of referrals for years after the crime was committed. The victim witness advocates are located on-site at the District Attorney’s main office, 401 Civic Center Dr. W., Santa Ana, CA 92701.
Community Services Programs, Inc. (CSP) operates a sexual assault victim service and prevention program that provides extended support services to victims of rape and child sexual abuse. Rape Crisis Centers are located in Santa Ana and Irvine. Certified sexual assault counselors, working with law enforcement and the criminal justice system serve all of Orange County. Staff and volunteers respond to hospitals and police departments on request. Support groups for survivors of sexual assault are offered in English and Spanish.
CSP Phone Numbers:
Sexual Assault Victim Services for North Orange County:
Sexual Assault Victim Services for South Orange County:
Rape Crisis Hotlines – 24 Hour Counseling:
Child Abuse Services Team (CAST) provides a multi-disciplinary team program for conducting child abuse investigations at a single site. CAST's coordinated-on-site services have enabled social services, law enforcement, deputy district attorneys, medical providers, and therapists to collaborate on investigations. Thus, investigations are completed in a more timely, thorough and consistent manner. This benefits both the child and their family during the investigation of child abuse. The child-focused and friendly environment at CAST serves to further reduce the trauma for these children. CAST is a place where they can play comfortably and non-offending parents receive immediate support from experienced staff and volunteers. Children can be brought to CAST only after a report of suspected maltreatment has been made to a child protective agency. In Orange County, both the Department of Children and Family Services within the Orange County Social Services Agency and law enforcement agencies and police departments are considered child protective agencies. For more information, visit the website at http://www.oc.ca.gov/cast.
Office of the District Attorney Sexual Assault Unit: