Washington County Attorney’s Office—2017 Annual Report 9 Serving Victims of Crime Being a victim of a crime can be a very difficult experience. Whether you or a family member has been victimized, you may feel anger, guilt, shame, insecurity, fear, powerlessness, and depression. Victims of crime need an aggressive champion on their side to ensure they receive the support they deserve and that is a strong focus of our office. It’s not just criminals who enjoy rights- victims do too! Victims have the right to restitution, the right not to be excluded from criminal justice proceedings, and the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings. We provide resources and referrals to victims for therapy, healing and costs associated with victimization. Our staff of four victim advocates work closely with our adult and juvenile prosecution teams to ensure that victims’ voices get heard in court. Washington County Attorney’s Office Victim Witness Coordinators: Jolleen Chaika, Linda Wikoff, Kathy Woxland and Christine VonDeLinde “As County Attorney, my office strives to hold offenders accountable for the damage they have caused innocent victims. Prevention and early reporting are key factors in stopping the victimization that too many citizens experience.” Crime Victims in 2017