The mission of our Crime Victim’s Assistance Division is to involve crime victims and the community in a restorative process that diminishes the devastating impact of crime. Advocates provide emotional and informational support to victims through the court process and after disposition if necessary.
There are two dedicated advocates who staff the office. Maureen Knudsen
is the director of the program as well as the advocate for all victim crimes filed by the District Attorney’s office with the exception of domestic violence and adult sexual assault crimes. Michele Short
is the advocate assigned all domestic violence and sex crimes involving victims 14 years of age or older. To contact either advocate, please call (541) 396-7545 or
email Maureen at firstname.lastname@example.org
, Michele at email@example.com
Services provided by the Victim’s Assistance Program:
• Support through the criminal justice system (case status information/updates, accompaniment to court, assistance in preparing to testify at hearings, general information about the process.)
• Advocacy for victim rights.
• Assistance with restitution and property return.
• Assistance with the Crime Victim’s Compensation Program
Only the State can drop charges in a criminal proceeding. The participation and cooperation of crime victims is a valued part of the prosecution process. The State is responsible for holding offenders accountable for their actions when they break the law. This ensures that the law is enforced consistently and that the community need for justice is met. To the extent practicable, the State will consult with crime victims who request to be informed about plea discussions before the final plea arrangements are made.