About CVU

A Voice for Victims. A Foundation for Hope.

“We support crime victims who are often overlooked by the system. We’ve been through what they are going through, and we know they shouldn’t have to go through it alone.” Harriet C. Salarno Chair, Crime Victims United Charitable Foundation.


About Us

The Crime Victims United Charitable Foundation provides direct assistance and support to victims of crime and their families. We also help to prevent future victims by working with youth and supporting law enforcement nationwide. CVUCF’s supporters include crime victims and their families, victims’ advocates and law enforcement organizations. We are also supported by others who are determined to end violence in our society and help heal the personal and societal wounds caused by violent crime. CVUCF is a non-profit, 501 ( c )3 public benefit corporation and contributions are tax deductible.


We Give Back

CVUCF provides victims and their families emotional and financial support, guidance and educational resources through the complex criminal justice system.


CVUCF Programs

Therapy Horse – CVUCF has a therapy horse named “Cash” who was trained to be an emotional support animal for victims’ families. He works great with all ages and gives a different kind of support than a human can. 

Teddy Bear Rooms – CVUCF has been creating teddy bear rooms in District Attorneys’ offices and Child Protective Services’ offices throughout California. These teddy bear rooms give young victims and children of victims a safe haven during the long and often painful criminal justice process.

Change of Venue – CVUCF is the only group to offer financial assistance to victims’ families who, due to a change of venue, must travel to other parts of the state to attend criminal proceedings for a murdered loved one. To apply for financial assistance with change of venue, please contact us at mail@crimevictimsunited.com.

Scholarships – CVUCF provides annual scholarships to victims of crime. The Catina Rose Salarno Memorial Scholarship assists young victims or victims’ children in fulfilling their educational goals. The Michael Salarno Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a middle school student to help with high school supply needs.

Victims to Victory – CVUCF has an innovative project in the works. Once the program in the place CVUCF will help crime victims re-enter society. With so much emphasis given to preparing criminals for society, the victim is often ignored. CVUCF partners with local donors and volunteers to help victims write their resume, build their wardrobe and learn new skills to move beyond their victims’ status and launch and new future.