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Program available to help those personally affected by Thousand Oaks shooting, other violent crimes

Posted at 8:37 AM, Nov 08, 2018

The Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office says support and services are available to those who may have witnessed or been a victim of Wednesday’s deadly bar shooting in Thousand Oaks or have a personal connection to the tragedy.

The DA’s Office, through the California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB), says it can help pay bills and expenses that result from violent crimes throughout the state.

Anyone needing these services or who knows someone who may can call the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Victim Witness Unit at (805) 568-2400 for eligibility.

Related expenses covered include medical and dental treatment, mental health services, income loss, funeral and burial expenses, loss of support for dependents when a victim is killed or disabled because of a crime, home or vehicle modifications, home security and relocation, according to the DA’s Office.

“All of us have been shocked and deeply saddened by last night’s mass murder in Thousand Oaks. Some of you have been more personally effected than others,” the DA’s Office said in a press release. “Please remember at times like (this) all of us can feel especially fragile and vulnerable and any act of kindness can make a significant difference.”

To locate family members who may have been among those affected by Wednesday night’s shooting, call (805) 465-6650.