Crime Victim Service Center
Crime Victim Advocacy
Giving Victims Voice and Choice After a Crime
We support and empower individuals and families who have been impacted by a crime, helping them restore their dignity and safety. Working with clients’ inherent resiliency and self-determination, our staff encourage clients to lead in their path to restoring their personal power.
We work with anyone who identifies as a victim. We offer individualized advocacy, educational crime prevention workshops and support groups for victims of crime. We also facilitate victim-offender meetings if desired by the victim. If you need help, contact us for more information.
Crime Victim Service Centers
Our Crime Victim Service Centers provides advocacy, referral and information services for all residents of Clark County (Vancouver), WA and Multnomah County (Portland), OR. Our services are free of charge to victims of:
- Identity Theft
- Cyber Crimes
- Child Abuse
- Vulnerable Adult Abuse
- Missing Persons
- Hate and Bias Crimes
- Gang Violence
- Human Trafficking / Exploitation
- Drunk or Drugged Driving
- Mass Violence
Services are provided regardless of immigration status. You can access services even if the crime was not reported to law enforcement. We believe that all crime victims should have access to high-quality, culturally-appropriate, victim-centered services. Our advocates are bilingual and interpretation services are available.
Our free and confidential services include
- Support in identifying and prioritizing the emergency needs.
- Assistance and referral in obtaining services to enhance healing and recovery.
- Restorative dialogue processes.
- Education and Assistance for victims navigating the civil and criminal justice system.
- Assistance in obtaining criminal or civil orders.
- Support during the investigative and legal processes.
- Advocacy for victims choices and rights with service providers and individuals.
- Assistance with crime victim compensation claims.
- Safety Planning.
- Community education.
- Support to family members or friends of the victim who are also impacted by the crime
Portland Crime Victim Service Center:
7931 NE Halsey St., Suite 210 • Portland, OR 97294
Vancouver Crime Victim Services Center:
3600 Main Street, Suite 200 • Vancouver, WA 98663
Portland United Against Hate
We work closely with Portland United Against Hate to help bring awareness and resources to communities impacted by hate crimes. Hate can be a behavior, a feeling or an emotion. Hate crimes often results from a lack of knowledge or understanding about groups or people.
Signs of hate crimes include:
- Hate speech and symbols
- Threats of or physical attacks
- Stereotyping and/or profiling
- Unequal access to resources and opportunities
A hate crime is any prejudice-motivated crime which targets someone because of membership (or perceived membership) in a social group or race. Hate crimes can be based on gender identity, ethnicity, disability, language, nationality or immigration status, physical appearance, religion or sexual orientation.
Restorative Dialogue Program (Portland)
Through restorative justice, we focus on the needs of victims, justice-involved youth and our community. Rather than simply punishing youth, those impacted by juvenile crime take an active role in the justice process. Our process supports youth in taking meaningful responsibility for a crime and repairing the harm done to the extent possible.
Restorative Dialogue is a voluntary process that provides victims of crime, the youth that harmed them, and any other impacted stakeholders and community members, to meet face to face and have a facilitated dialogue. Victims can find out what happened, explain the impact of the crime, and together with the youth and community, determine how the youth will take responsibility and make amends to the extent possible.
We work in partnership with Multnomah County’s Department of Community Justice (DCJ) to conduct restorative dialogue and case coordination for juvenile youth offenders. In addition to dialogue facilitation, our staff provides individual meetings to prep victims/survivors and the youth who have caused harm. We follow up with all parties involved.
Crime Victim Resources
OCVA serves the serves the State of Washington by: advocating on behalf of victims obtaining needed services and resources; administering grant funds for community programs working with crime victims; assisting communities in planning and implementing services for crime victims; and advising local and state government agencies of practices, policies, and priorities which impact crime victims.
OVC administers the Crime Victims Fund (the Fund). The Fund supports programs and services that focus on helping victims in the immediate aftermath of crime and continuing support in rebuilding their lives. Millions of dollars are invested annually in victim compensation and assistance in every U.S. state and territory, as well as for training, technical assistance, and other capacity-building programs.
The National Organization for Victim Assistance is a private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization of victim and witness assistance programs. It is made up of practitioners, criminal justice agencies and professionals, mental health professionals, researchers, former victims and survivors, and others committed to the recognition and implementation of victim rights and services.
The National Center for Victims of Crime is a nonprofit organization that advocates for victims’ rights, trains professionals who work with victims, and serves as a trusted source of information on victims’ issues.
If you or a loved one has suffered personal injury from a violent crime, the Washington State Crime Victim Compensation Program may be able to help. Click on the link to learn more.
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