Compensation for Victims of Crime

Easing Financial Burdens for Victims and Their Families

In the aftermath of a crime, the Oregon Crime Victim’s Compensation Program works to ease the financial burden suffered by hundreds of Oregonians each year. 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 You Apply

If you have questions about Crime Victims Compensation, including if you are eligible, please read our frequently asked questions.

Apply Online

If you believe you are eligible for compensation, please complete and submit this online form.

Apply for Compensation

Apply By Mail

You may also submit a paper application by mail. Contact your local District Attorney’s Victim Assistance Program for the form. Mail the completed application to:

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: CVSDemail@doj.state.or.us

After You Apply

You may be eligible for additional compensation if your case continues into the post-conviction process. Learn more about the Oregon DOJ’s Post-Conviction Advocacy Program.

For more information please refer to the frequently asked questions below, or contact us at CVSDemail@doj.state.or.us or 1-800-503-7983.


Crime Victims Compensation FAQs

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How much do compensation benefits cover?

Compensation through the Oregon Crime Victims’ Compensation Program varies on a case-by case basis. Qualified applicants may receive a maximum of $47,000. Awards may include:

  • $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 (the victim must be gainfully employed at the time of injury or death in order to qualify for this benefit)
  • $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
  • $5,000 for counseling and $3,000 for travel and lodging in additional compensation if a case continues into the post-conviction process

Do compensation benefits expire?

The expirations for benefits vary, depending on age and relation:

  • 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. Damage or loss of property is not eligible for compensation.

Is accidental injury or death eligible for compensation?

No. Accidental injury or death, or that which results from the victim’s own behavior is not eligible for compensation.

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 soon will a decision be made?

We are usually able to notify applicants in writing within 90 days.

How is compensation determined?

We process each application we receive by obtaining police reports, medical reports and any other information necessary to make a fair determination. An individual’s benefits, such as health and auto insurance, sick leave, medical disability, Social Security,  and compensatory fines or restitution, are considered resources that must be used before Crime Victims’ Compensation dollars.

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 a last resort. Prior to billing Crime Victims’ Compensation, you must use 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 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.