Every year, hundreds of people in Oregon are seriously injured or killed due to crime. In addition to psychological and physical trauma, victims and their families often incur unanticipated medical expenses, counseling and other costs and loss of income. In homicide cases, families suffer emotional grief, loss of financial support and funeral costs.
In the aftermath of a crime, the Oregon Crime Victim's Compensation Program works to ease the financial burden suffered by victims and their family members. Types of benefits include:
- Mental health counseling expenses
- Medical and hospital expenses
- Eyeglasses, hearing aids, dentures and other medically necessary devices and expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Loss of earnings
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of financial support to dependents of homicide victims
- Grief counseling expenses for relatives of homicide victims
- Counseling expenses for children who witness domestic violence
- Counseling expenses for family members of an Oregon resident who is a victim of international terrorism
If you believe you are eligible for compensation, please complete and submit the form below to:
Crime Victims' Compensation Program
Department of Justice
1162 Court St. NE
Salem, Oregon 97301-4096
Telephone (503) 378-5348
TDD (503) 378-5938
FAX (503) 378-5738
An application may also be obtained from your local District Attorney's Victim Assistance Program.
Additional compensation may be available to you if your case continues into the post-conviction process. Learn more about DOJ's Post-Conviction Advocacy Program.
Compensation benefits are available to victims from the state in which the crime occurred. If you are the victim of a crime that occurred outside of Oregon please visit the National Association of Crime Victims Compensation Boards for information about compensation programs in other states.
For more information please refer to the frequently asked questions or contact the Oregon Crime Victims Compensation Program at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-503-7983.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much to do compensation benefits cover?
Compensation through the Oregon Crime Victims' Compensation Program varies on a case-by case basis. Qualified applicants may be able to receive up to:
- $20,000 for reasonable medical and/or counseling expenses from a licensed professional
- $20,000 for reasonable grief counseling expenses from a licensed provider for survivors of a deceased victim
- $400 per week for documented loss of earnings or financial support for a total of up to $20,000 maximum
- $5,000 maximum for funeral expenses
- $5,000 for reasonable counseling expenses due to the abuse of a corpse
- $4,000 maximum for rehabilitation
- $10,000 for reasonable counseling expenses from a licensed professional for counseling a child who witnessed domestic violence
- $1,000 for reasonable counseling expenses for family members of an Oregon resident who is a victim of international terrorism
- $500 for reasonable counseling expenses for friends or acquaintances who are the first to discover a deceased victim's body
- $5000 for counseling and $3000 for travel and lodging in additional compensation if a case continues into the post-conviction process
Do compensation benefits expire?
Adult victims must use their claim within three years after the date the claim was accepted. Family members of homicide victims must use claims for counseling within five years after the date their claim was accepted. Claims for child victims remain open until their 21st birthday or for three years after it was accepted, whichever is longer.
Is property damage eligible for compensation?
No. Compensable losses do not include property damage or loss. Additionally, pain and suffering or nervous or mental shock are not compensable through the Crime Victims Compensation Program.
Is accidental injury or death eligible for compensation?
No. Accidental injury or death, or that which results from the victim's own wrong-doing, provocation or contributory behavior is not eligible for compensation through the Crime Victims Compensation Program.
What else may make a crime ineligible for compensation?
If the crime occurred before the Oregon Crime Victims' Compensation Program became effective in January 1978, the victim is not eligible for compensation.
How is compensation determined?
The Crime Victims' Compensation Program will process each application for compensation received. This requires obtaining police reports, medical reports and other information necessary to make a determination. An individual's benefits, such as sick leave, medical disability, Social Security, or restitution, are considered resources that must be used before Crime Victims' Compensation dollars.
How soon will a decision be made?
The Crime Victims' Compensation Program is usually able to notify applicants in writing within 90 days after the application is received at the Crime Victims' Services Division.
Are incarcerated victims eligible for compensation?
Yes, but compensation may be deferred if the victim is incarcerated or owes money for a criminal conviction.
What if a victim receives additional compensation from a source other than the Crime Victims Compensation Program?
Any money recovered for the injury after compensation has been paid must be repaid to the Crime Victims' Compensation Program.
Do I have to use my private insurance/OHP/automobile insurance/disability insurance/sick pay?
Yes. By law, Crime Victims' Compensation is the payer of last resort. That means that prior to billing Crime Victims' Compensation, you must use your resources such as private medical insurance, OHP, automobile insurance, Personal Injury Protection, disability insurance and sick pay. Also, if you have medical insurance, you must see a participating provider.
What if the crime occurred in a state other than Oregon?
Compensation benefits are paid to victims by the state where the crime occurred. If you are the victim of a crime that occurred outside of Oregon, please visit the National Association of Crime Victims' Compensation Boards for information about compensation programs in that state.