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The mission of the Crime Victim Assistance Program is to provide crime victims with the assistance and services needed to recover from the effects of the criminal act, to support them as they move through the criminal justice system, and to ensure their rights are upheld.

In addition to the Program Director, Helen Thompson, CVA has 3 full time advocates, Michele Short, Shannon Rucas, and Kim Holderfield, who provide victim services in all cases filed by the District Attorney’s office. Individual contact information is as follows:

Reach us for general questions or information by emailing us at:  CoosCVA@co.coos.or.us
You may also call us at (541) 396-7545, or fax us at (541) 396-1015.
CVA office hours are 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday. Closed for lunch from 12:00 - 1:00 pm.

Director, Helen Thompson     (541) 396-7548     
Advocate, Michele Short        (541) 396-7547     
Advocate, Shannon Rucas    (541) 396-7546     
Advocate, Kim Holderfield     (541) 396-7545     


Services provided by the Victim Assistance Program:

  • Case status information/updates, accompaniment to court, victim preparation for upcoming testimony at hearings, general information about the criminal justice process.
  • Advocacy for the rights of victims.
  • Assistance with restitution and property return.                
  • Assistance with application to the Crime Victim’s Compensation Program.

The participation and cooperation of a crime victim is an important part of the prosecution process. Since the State is responsible for holding offenders accountable for their actions when they break the law, only the state can drop charges in a criminal proceeding. To the extent practicable, the State will consult with crime victims before final plea arrangements are made. It is the responsibility of a victim requesting ongoing notification to keep contact information at CVA updated to ensure their requested rights are honored. 

The USDOJ and Coos County are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employers and comply with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 . Crime Victims’ Assistance does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, and age, and operates its program, services and activities in compliance with federal nondiscrimination laws. It is the policy of Crime Victims’ Assistance that staff take reasonable steps to provide limited English proficient (LEP) persons meaningful access to all services, programs and activities.



Contact Us

Coos County District Attorney's Office
250 N. Baxter
Coquille, Oregon 97423

Phone: 541-396-7550
    Fax: 541-396-1015

Office Hours:
8:00am to Noon
1:00pm to 5:00pm