Deschutes County Victims’ Assistance Program

The Victims’ Assistance Program (VAP) is a unit in the District Attorneys office that specializes in helping crime victims in Deschutes County. The primary function of this program is to help victims through the criminal justice system process and other issues associated with the aftermath of crime. We provide a context of support that promotes victims establishing stabilization after the crime and through any potential criminal justice system processes.

A primary concern of the District Attorney’s office and Victims’ Assistance is to ensure victims are treated with dignity, respect and compassion.
 
Our mission is to involve crime victims and the community in a restorative process that diminishes the devastating impact of crime.

 

Primary services provided:

  • Support and information to help victims navigate the criminal justice system
  • Crisis intervention
  • Advocating for, and informing victims of, their rights
  • On-going hearing notification upon request
  • Courtroom accompaniment if requested
  • Referrals to community resources
  • Restitution information collection
  • Assistance with crime victims compensation
  • Liaison with Deputy District Attorney’s, law enforcement and community services

 

Additionally Victims’ Assistance provides:

  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Community education/public awareness
  • Facilitating the monthly DUII victim impact panel