Crime Victim Assistance
The Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney's Office works to be victim-centric, raising the voices of those impacted by crime. We recognize that recovering from crime takes time and, at times, guidance from an experienced team of victim advocates. We believe that victims and witnesses deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Many victims and witnesses have never been involved in the criminal justice process and are not sure what to expect. We are here to help!
Victim Advocates respond to the needs of crime victims in an empowering and proactive manner, striving to inform victims of their rights under the law in order to facilitate informed participation in the criminal justice system.
- Inform victims of their rights
- Connect victims with available resources
- Inform and assist victims regarding the VINE Program
- Notify victims of hearing dates and changes to those dates
- Explain and answer questions regarding the court process
- With respect to victims of violent and sex crimes, have a crime victim advocate or any other support person of the victim's choosing present at any prosecutorial or defense interviews with the victim and at any judicial proceedings related to criminal acts committed against the victim. This applies if practical and if the presence of the crime victim advocate or support person does not cause any unnecessary delay in the investigation or prosecution of the case and they are not a witness in the case.
- Provide information about available protection from threats or harm
- Familiarize victims with the criminal justice system
- Provide a safe location for victims to wait prior to testifying or attending hearings
- Contact employers to explain or verify a victim's involvement in a case
- Attend hearings or trials with victims
- Assist victims in compiling a Victim Impact Statement (VIS) for sentencing
- Assist victims in obtaining restitution
- Notify victims and witnesses of the final outcome of a case
- Act as a liaison between victims and the prosecutor
- Inform and help victims fill out the Crime Victims Compensation Program application