UWPD Victim Advocate
Being a victim of crime can be a scary and traumatizing experience. The UWPD Victim Advocate helps victims and their families, and witnesses through the process of physical, emotional and financial recovery. This includes assistance in:
- locating resources, both on and off campus, for a variety of needs, including counseling and health services, civil legal assistance and housing.
- obtaining a domestic violence protection order, an anti-harassment order or a sexual assault protection order, including transportation to court, help in filing the paperwork and preparation for hearings.
- filing for Crime Victim's Compensation and other forms of restitution.
- navigating the criminal justice system, including assistance in preparing for court appearances, facilitating contact with the prosecutor and monitoring the case through the final disposition.
- planning for your future safety.
If you or a family member have been a victim or witness to a crime and would like to see how we can assist you, please call 206.543.9337 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crime Victim Rights
As a crime victim, survivor of a crime victim or witness to a crime, Washington State law provides that reasonable efforts be made to ensure the following rights (RCW 7.69.030):
- To be provided with a written statement of the rights of crime victims, including the name, address and phone number of a county or local crime victim/witness program if one is available in your area.
- To be informed of the final disposition of the case.
- To be informed of changes in court dates to which you have been subpoenaed.
- To receive protection from harm or threats of harm arising from cooperation with law enforcement and prosecution efforts.
- To be informed of the procedure to apply for and receive witness fees to which you are entitled.
- To be provided, whenever practical, with a secure waiting area during court proceedings that does not require you to be in close proximity to defendants and families or friends of defendants.
- To have any stolen or personal property returned as soon as possible after the completion of the case.
- To be provided with appropriate employer intercession regarding absence from work for court appearances.
- To be provided access to medical assistance without unreasonable delay.
- To have, whenever practical, a victim advocate present at prosecutorial or defense interviews and at judicial proceedings.
- To be present in court during trial, or if subpoenaed to testify, to be scheduled as early as practical in the proceedings in order to be present during trial after testifying.
- To be informed of the date, time and place of the sentencing hearing for felony convictions upon request.
- To submit a victim impact statement that shall be included in all pre-sentence reports and permanently included in the offender's files and records.
- To present a victim impact statement, personally or by representation, at sentencing hearings for felony convictions.
- To have restitution ordered when there is a felony conviction, even if the offender is incarcerated, unless extraordinary circumstances exist.
- To present a statement in person, in writing, via audio/video tape or by representation, at any hearing conducted regarding an application for pardon or commutation of sentence.
Crime Victim Compensation
The Washington State Crime Victims Compensation program can help pay bills and expenses that arise from certain violent crimes. If you have been injured or if someone in your family has been killed or injured, you may be eligible for assistance.
You must meet these requirements to be eligible to file a claim:
- Bodily injury/severe emotional stress resulting from the crime
- Classification of the crime as a gross misdemeanor or felony
- Report made to law enforcement within one year of the date the crime occurred
- Reasonable cooperation with law enforcement
- Timely application (within two years of the crime being reported to law enforcement or, with good cause, within five years.)
- You did not provoke the situation that led to your injury
The following crimes and costs are not covered:
- Identity theft
- Personal property crimes
- Crime scene clean up
Claims can be approved for:
- Medical Benefits
- Wage Replacement
- Prescription Coverage
- Benefits for a permanent disability
- Death benefits
For more information, go to the Washington State Crime Victims Compensation Web site.
Washington State Address Confidentiality Program
The Washington State Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) helps victims of stalking, sexual assault and/or domestic violence by providing an alternate mailing address to use in place of a residential address. Participants in the program may legally use the ACP substitute address when working with state and local agencies. ACP staff forwards mail to the actual residential address. State and local government agencies are required to accept the ACP substitute address. Private companies, though, do not have to accept the ACP address.
The second part of the program offers confidentiality for two normally public records: voter registration and marriage records.
For more information, go to the Washington State Address Confidentiality Program Web site.