Our victim assistance advocates will help you work through the criminal justice system and ensure that you are treated in accordance with Washington State Constitution and the Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights.
Services provided include:
- Ongoing information regarding the status of a criminal case.
- Explanation of and orientation to
the Criminal Justice process.
- Referral to community resources and agencies. If we cannot
meet your specific needs, you will be
referred to an appropriate social service
agency that can help you in coping with
the problems resulting from the crime.
- Assistance with Washington State Crime Victims Compensation claims. If you suffered an injury that led to medical expense, or resulted in loss of wages, or temporary or permanent disability, you may be eligible for benefits under this State program. There is no money available for property losses.
- Assistance with the return of
property held in evidence by the
police or the courts. Stolen property that is recovered by the Police or Sheriff Department is placed in an evidence locker in the Property Room. If you are experiencing a delay in recovering your personal property, please call (360) 397-2008.
- Determination of financial loss for
restitution in felony cases. The court may order a defendant to pay
restitution. Restitution is the money that
the offender pays to reimburse you for
medical bills, property damage, and other
financial losses that were a result of the
Restitution is paid to the Clark County
Clerk’s Office where a record is kept of
the amount received. The Clerk’s Office
sends the reimbursement to you or your
insurance company when the payment is
received from the defendant. If you change your address, you must
notify the Clerk’s Office at (360) 397-2295. (Be sure to include the
defendant’s name and case number).
Questions about how much and how
regularly the defendant has paid are
best answered by calling the Collections
Unit at (360) 397-6085.
- Assistance with victim impact statement. Victims of crime have a right to describe to the court the impact the crime has had on their lives. The Victim Assistance Unit will provide a form, assistance in filling it out and delivery to the judges and deputy prosecutor handling the case.
- Escort to attorney interviews and to