Crime Survivors Program

Our Crime Survivors Program focuses on the issues and needs of crime survivors* (people who are harmed by another person/people during a criminal event) throughout Oregon.  Our goals are simple: to strengthen services for survivors of crime and to promote progressive responses to crime victims’ needs.  We advocate for public safety policies that promote: safety; accountability; crime prevention; healing; rehabilitation; and justice.  In doing so, we work towards safety not only for individual crime survivors, but also for our communities.

If you are a survivor of crime, we are sorry that the crime happened to you.  It was not your fault.  You did not deserve it.  And you are not alone.  Help is available.

* The terms “crime survivor” and “crime victim” are sometimes used interchangeably.  The Crime Survivors Program uses the term “survivor” to reinforce that there is hope for the future. Life may not be the same, but it can be good.  Sometimes, the website uses the term “victim,” particularly when discussing the criminal and juvenile justice systems.  This is because “victim” has a legal definition.  “Victim” is also used when talking about the people who advocate for and assist crime survivors (e.g. “victim advocate,” “victims’ rights,” “crime victim assistance,” etc.).

Program Spotlight

Announcing the release of "Bridging the Divide: A new paradigm for addressing safety, crime and victimization," a report which highlights the importance of reforming our public safety system for both victims of crime and people accused of and convicted of crime, produced by PSJ and national allies.
If you are a savvy social media user and you're interested in working for justice, this may be the intership for you. Work with PSJ staff to increase PSJ's social media presence and internet activism by PSJ's members.
PSJ is excited to host an evening conversation with Senator Floyd Prozanski and Paul Solomon, Executive Director of Sponsors and member of the Lane County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council, to discuss HB 3194 and receive the latest Justice Reinvestment updates.
Our “Member Voices” initiative seeks to collect stories and experiences from people impacted by the public safety system to inform our work and shed light on needed changes. Telling your story is simple and confidential. Learn more….
We have a new executive director! We are very pleased to announce that Andy Ko, an attorney with a law degree from New York University but roots in the Pacific Northwest, has taken the helm as PSJ's executive director as of July 14th!