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, CVA has 2 full time advocates, Michele Short and Shannon Rucas, who provide victim services in all cases filed by the District Attorney’s office. To contact either advocate, please call (541) 396-7545. Advocates may also be contacted by email: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
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.