Compensation for Victims of Crime

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Easing Financial Burdens for Victims and Their Families

Oregon Crime Victims’ Compensation (CVC) Program was created to assist victims of violent crime with expenses associated with the crime. This includes domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, robbery, (CVC cannot replace items that were stolen during the robbery), assault, homicide, or other compensable crime resulting in a physical or psychological injury. In the aftermath of a crime, the CVC works to ease the financial burden suffered by hundreds of Oregonians each year. 

CVC is unable to provide immediate financial assistance.

CVC cannot reimburse damages for property crimes, or pay for relocation costs. If you are looking for housing assistance, please contact your local advocacy program» .  

If you received a pocket card from law enforcement, please reach out to the number listed for your local County Victim Assistance Program »  for assistance.

An approved claim may include the following benefits for victims and their families:

  • mental health counseling expenses for victims and family members of children of sexual or physical abuse with a licensed provider
  • medical and hospital expenses
  • replacement of damaged eyeglasses, hearing aids, dentures and other medically necessary devices and expenses (must be mentioned in the police report or medical chart notes)
  • rehabilitation expenses (up to $4,000 award)
  • loss of earnings (missed earnings must be verified and more than two weeks must be verified by a physician)
  • funeral expenses (up to $5,000 award)
  • loss of financial support to dependents of homicide victims (earnings must be verified)
  • grief counseling expenses for relatives of homicide victims with a licensed provider
  • counseling expenses for children who witness domestic violence with a licensed provider
  • counseling expenses for family members of any victim of international terrorism who resides in Oregon

Medical insurance is a prior resource and must be utilized prior to CVC reimbursement.

Apply for Crime Victims’ Compensation

Before Applying

It is highly recommended that applicants work with an advocate in a county Victim Assistance Program » office, or a non-profit victim assistance » office in filling out the application. For questions about Crime Victims Compensation, including eligibility, please see frequently asked questions» .

Apply Online

To apply for compensation online, please use this online form:

Apply for Compensation»

Portal Tutorial – English (PDF)»

Apply by Mail:

CVC Application – English (PDF)»

CVC Application – Spanish (PDF)»

The application must be signed and dated by the victim or applicant. To file an application for a sexual assault or a domestic violence incident that was not reported to police, no protective order was obtained and no sexual assault examination conducted, one may apply for a counseling benefit here:

Counseling Only Application – English (PDF)»

Counseling Only Application – Spanish (PDF)»

The completed application can be securely emailed or mailed to the Crime Victim Compensation Program. The application must be signed and dated by the victim or applicant.

For assistance filling out an application, please contact the local District Attorney’s Victim Assistance Program. »

Brochures

 

Crime Victims’ Compensation Program
Oregon Department of Justice
1162 Court St. NE
Salem, Oregon 97301-4096

Phone: 503-378-5348
Fax: 503-378-5738

Email: CVSSD@doj.state.or.us