SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office is expanding victim services, offering help now in both the Mission and the Bayview districts.

Victims services helps serious and violent crime victims in filing claims, crisis intervention, emergency assistance — along with assistance in navigating the criminal justice system. Services are normally offered at the Hall of Justice, but District Attorney George Gascón said they will now hold office hours for victims at Mujeres Unidas y Activas in the Mission, and the Southeast Community Facility Commission in the Bayview.

KCBS’ Margie Shafer Reports:

“This is a step in moving forward and bringing the D.A.’s office closer to all the communities that we serve,” said Gascón.

“We know that especially for women and people who have immigrated to this country,”said Juana Flores, the Executive Director of Mujeres Unidas y Activas, through a translator, “there is a lot of fear in talking with the police.”

All services are free, and 4,000 people take advantage of them annually.

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