OCVLC is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that provides no-cost direct legal representation and advocacy services to crime victims.
Crime not only impacts victims and their families but also our communities. Think of how many people you know who have been directly touched by crime – yourself possibly one of them. Supporting victims through the criminal justice system can therefore reduce the impact of crime at both an individual and a collective level.
Crime victims suffer immediate physical and emotional damage associated with their initial victimization. However, the victimization doesn't stop when the actual crime is over. The suffering and effects from being a crime victim can continue throughout the criminal justice process and thereafter, especially for those who have been victims of a violent crime.
Crime Victims' Stories
A boy was sexually assaulted by a man when he was five and six years old. The victim disclosed the assaults at age seven and the defendant was indicted. After the indictment, however, the trial was reset a number of times. When the defense attorney filed yet another motion to reset the trial, the Oregon Crime Victims Law Center filed a memorandum asserting the victim’s right to a speedy trial, following up with a letter to the trial judge. Under Oregon statutory law, victims have the right to have the trial of their cases proceed with "all practicable speed." As a result, the judge set a "date certain" for the trial, putting the wheels of justice back to motion and sheltering the victim and his family from more undue suffering.
A victim of domestic violence faced having to disclose all her Department of Human Services’ records and mental health treatment records in the trial against her abuser. The Oregon Crime Victims Law Center argued on behalf of the victim that her DHS and mental health records are privileged, and as such, require a showing that there is information in the records that is likely to be material, favorable to the defendant, and admissible as evidence. The Court agreed with the Oregon Crime Victims Law Center’s argument that these records are privileged. As a result, the defendant was unable to use them as part of his defense strategy.
These are just a few of the many success stories about victims for whom we advocate.
Together we can make a wrong into a right!
As the only organization of its kind in the state of Oregon, the Portland-based Oregon Crime Victims Law Center has been providing direct no-cost legal representation and advocacy to crime victims since it was founded in 2009. By extending a helping hand during a vulnerable time, the Oregon Crime Victims Law Center has given crime victims a voice in the legal system and helped empower them to regain control over their lives.
Recent grant funding cuts have nearly slashed the Oregon Crime Victims Law Center’s revenue in half; however, our organization is committed to keeping our doors open so that we can continue preserving the rights of crime victims in Portland and all throughout the state.
By donating to the Oregon Crime Victims Law Center, you can make a difference in the life of a crime victim; you can make a wrong into a right; effect justice where an injustice has been done. In supporting the Oregon Crime Victims Law Center and the crime victims it serves, you help send a powerful message to others about the kind of values you cherish and as a community we should uphold.