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

PSJ is honored to have Piper Kerman, author "Orange is the New Black, My Year in a Women's Prison" (on which the popular Netflix series is based) in Portland to support the work of PSJ. Please join us!
Partnership for Safety and Justice is thrilled to announce that State Representative Jennifer Williamson will serve as our interim executive director until a permanent executive director comes on board.
The short 2014 legislative session ended on March 7th, and what a whirlwind of activity it was! We had enough time to make some gains and see some harmful ideas fail. Click "read more" for a recap of what we accomplished together this session.
PSJ members, staff, board, and allies worked hard to pass HB 3194 in the 2013 session. Learn more about justice reinvestment in Oregon and how your county is investing their funding.
Every year, PSJ members from across the state gather at the Capitol to talk to their legislators about the things we know matter: justice reinvestment, youth justice reform via Measure 11, and policies that help survivors of crime rebuild their lives. Please join us on February 11th!