The goal of the Victim Assistance Program is to support and aid victims of crime as they move through the criminal justice process; to provide them with assistance, services, and resource information; to promote participation in the criminal justice system by educating victims about their rights and to advocate for the enforcement of these rights; and to coordinate with other community agencies to ensure continuity of support for victims.
In 2013, the Victim Assistance Program ordered over $7,150,000.00 in restitution to victims of crime in Washington County. Twenty-two volunteers and interns gave over 3600 hours to the program, the equivalent of 1.75 full time employee.
A victim is a person who has suffered financial, social, psychological or physical harm as a result of a crime and, in the case of a homicide, is a member of the immediate family of the victim.
A criminal defendant is a person charged with a crime. A criminal defendant is not considered a victim.
- Inform victims of their rights and help them to invoke and uphold those rights
- Court accompaniment throughout all stages of the criminal justice process
- Notification of court events and case status
- Assistance with restitution and Crime Victims' Compensation Program applications
- Safety planning and referrals to community resources
- Assistance to victims whose protective orders have been violated
- Provide referrals to counseling and/or community resources
Case Status Notification
Victim advocates call or send a written notice of the charges filed, a brochure outlining crime victims' rights and a form to use to invoke specific rights, a loss form for requesting restitution from the defendant and a brochure that provides general information about the criminal justice system and the Victim Assistance Program. Follow-up phone calls or written notifications are made at important steps in the case, such as a trial setting. At the close of the case, a summary of the sentence is sent to the victim.
VINE: Victim Information and Notification Everyday
If you would like to be notified of the defendant's release from custody, you may register through the Oregon VINE service by calling 1-877-674-8463 or on-line. VINE is an automated system of notification and is available in English and Spanish.