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Victim Assistance Program

Victim Assistance Program

The FBI’s Victim Assistance Program provides support to individuals and businesses who have suffered physical, emotional, and/or financial harm as a result of the commission of a federal crime (violent crime, severe trauma, acts of terrorism, and/or fraud).

FBI victim specialists, working with other victim specialists in the U.S. Department of Justice, are available to personally assist victims of federal crimes investigated in the Portland Division. Victim specialists ensure that victims who choose to do so are notified of important case events and receive information about a wide range of victim assistance services in their area. Some of these services include: state crime victim compensation programs, rape crisis centers, homicide bereavement support groups, mental health counseling, and special services for child victims.

Victims of federal crimes have rights afforded under Section 3771 of Title18 of the U.S. Code, Crimes, and Criminal Procedures. These rights are:

  • The right to be reasonably protected from the accused;
  • The right to reasonable, accurate and timely notice of any public court proceeding or any parole proceeding involving the crime or any release or escape of the accused;
  • The right not to be excluded from any such public court proceeding, unless the court, after receiving clear and convincing evidence, determines that testimony by the victim would be materially altered if the victim heard other testimony at the proceeding;
  • The reasonable right to confer with the attorney for the Government in the case;
  • The right to full and timely restitution as provided by law;
  • The right to proceedings free from unreasonable delay; and
  • The right to be treated with fairness and respect for the victim’s dignity and privacy.

To reach the Portland FBI Victim Specialists, please contact (503) 224-4181.

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