Every year, hundreds of people are injured or killed in this state as a result of violent crime. These people are victims of robberies, child abuse, assaults, rapes, domestic violence, homicides and other serious crimes. These innocent people endure the trauma of medical expenses and loss of earnings. In homicide cases, families suffer emotional grief, loss of financial support and funeral costs.
The State of Oregon has recognized the needs of victims and their families. In 1977 the Oregon Crime Victim’s Compensation Program was enacted. This law provides a way to ease the financial losses of the victim and the victim’s family as a result of violent crimes.
If you have been a victim of crime in Oregon, Crime Victim’s Compensation Program (CVCP) may be able to help you.
If you have not been a victim of crime in Oregon; click on the following link to access your individual state. http://www.nacvcb.org/progdir.html
"Victim" means a person who is injured or killed as a result of a compensable crime committed against the victim in the State of Oregon.
"Compensable Crime" means an intentional, knowing or reckless act by a person resulting in physical and/or emotional injury and/or death of another person which would be punishable as a crime.
NOTE: Compensation expires three years after the date of the acceptance order and no further payments will be made on adult claims. Claims for child victims remain open until their 21st birthday, or three years from the date of the acceptance order (whichever is longer).
*May be waived with good cause.
Compensation Losses Do Not Include:
Victims are not eligible if:
After receiving the application, the Crime Victims’ Compensation Program will process your request for compensation. This requires obtaining police reports, medical reports, employment verification (when applicable), and any other information necessary for the investigation.
An individual’s benefits, such as sick leave, medical disability, social security, or restitution, are considered resources that must be used before Crime Victim’s compensation dollars. Any monies recovered for the injury after compensation has been paid must be repaid to the Department.
The Crime Victims’ Compensation Program will notify you in writing of the decision regarding your application for compensation. The program is usually able to notify an applicant within 90 days of the date that the application is received at the Crime Victims’ Assistance Section
A copy of Oregon's crime victim compensation claim application can be downloaded now, or obtained by calling or writing the Program at:
Crime Victims' Compensation ProgramDepartment of Justice1162 Court St. NESalem, Oregon 97301-4096Telephone (503) 378-5348TDD (503) 378-5938FAX (503) 378-5738
An application can also be obtained from your local District Attorney’s Victim Assistance Program. All applications should be mailed to the address above for proper processing.
Contact the Crime Victims’ Compensation Program: firstname.lastname@example.org Victim Toll Free Number 1-800-503-7983