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Article 1, Section 35 of the Washington State Constitution and RCW 7.69 provide crime victims with statutory rights. We will make every effort to ensure you are afforded these rights.

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Victim Notification

Many victims or witnesses of crime want to be notified when an offender is released from custody or transferred to another correctional facility. Below are the available programs you can register for this notification. Please keep in mind that offender notification is only one part of a safety plan. For additional information regarding planning for your safety, please contact one of our Advocates directly.


1) Vinelink

Victims or witnesses who wish to be notified of an inmate’s release or transfer from custody from any county or city jail OR the WA State Department of Corrections can self-register for phone or e-mail notification through the Vinelink system. This system is free and confidential., and victims do not have to give their name.


If you have access to the Internet, you can register at www.vinelink.com


Or, you can register by calling toll-free 24 hours a day at 1-877-846-3492.


If you are ever in doubt about a notification status update you receive, you should contact the corrections facility directly with your inquiry. Most contact numbers for the facilities are listed on the Vinelink website.


2) WA State Dept. of Corrections (DOC)


Victims, Witnesses, or Survivors of Defendants sentenced to the DOC on violent felony crimes, sex offenses, felony harassment, or serious drug crime, are eligible to be enrolled in the DOC notification program upon sentencing of the defendant. Victims must self register by contacting DOC Victim Notification Program directly by or visiting the website listed below. This service is confidential.


Toll Free: 1-800-322-2201
Website: www.doc.wa.gov
e-mail: victimservices@doc1.wa.gov


3) Department of Social and Health Services

This program can assist victims and witnesses of sexual assault or violent crimes track the location and provide release notification of a person who is in a Washington state psychiatric hospital, a facility for juveniles or the Special Commitment Center for sexual predators. This program is confidential.


1-800-422-1536 or 360-902-7832
E-Mail: vwn@dshs.wa.gov
Website: www.wa.gov/dshs.VictimWitness



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