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, 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. 

Benefits for victims and their families 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 Oregonian victims of international terrorism

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

Apply By MailFor paper application 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.



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

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