If you are the victim of a crime, it is important to know that you have rights and you are not alone. Victim’s rights are protected by what is known as the Victim’s Bill of Rights (PDF). The first and most important step you should take is reporting the crime and/or your victimization to law enforcement, then reach out to the Crime Victim Assistance Center at 360-874-8270. The CVAC maintains a comprehensive list of local and regional agencies offering services and will help match your needs with those agencies that can serve you best. Resources include assistance with clothing, domestic violence, food, medical issues, mental health, sexual violence, shelter, suicide.
Victim Notification Program
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) administer a Victim Notification Program which allows eligible victims and witnesses to obtain reliable and timely information regarding a criminal’s release from custody when victims and witnesses are registered with the agency. Sign up if you would like to participate in this notification program.