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Crime Victims' Compensation
Oregon law says that people who have been victims of crime or are dependents of victims of crime may be able to receive money as compensation for their losses and expenses resulting from the crime. 'Victim' means a person who is injured or killed as a result of a compensable crime committed against the victim in Oregon.
A "compensable crime" is an intentional, knowing, or reckless act by a person resulting in physical and/or emotional injury and/or the death of another person. Incidents of domestic and sexual violence may be compensable crimes.
The kinds of losses and expenses for which the state may compensate include the following:
To Be Eligible for Compensation You Must:
Victims Are Not Eligible If:
Compensation May Include:
Not available for crimes committed prior to Oct 4, 1997.
How to Apply:
A victim or dependent of a victim of crime must file an application for compensation under this law.
Applications may be obtained from and filed with:
Crime Victims' Compensation Program
Department of Justice
1162 Court St NE
Salem, OR 97310
After receiving the application, the Crime Victim's 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.
If the victim or dependent of the victim has any benefits available, such as sick leave, medical disability or life insurance, social security or restitution, amounts received from those sources will be deducted from any compensation awarded under this program.
The Crime Victims' Compensation Program will notify applicants in writing of the decision on their claims. An appeals process is available if the applicant disagrees with the decision.