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Not usually. If there is a trial you may be subpoenaed to testify and would have to appear. Most hearings the victim is not required to appear. However, hearings are open to the public and victims are welcome to come if they would like.
There are a few options available to you. First, the Victim-Witness Coordinator is always available to accompany you to any hearings. Second, if you don’t feel comfortable being in the same area as the defendant or their family, the Victim-Witness Coordinator can attend the hearing in your place and report the outcome to you afterward.
Yes. Although the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office represents the State of Washington and not the victim, it’s common for the prosecutor to ask for a victim’s opinion regarding what they would like to see happen in a case. However, the decision is ultimately up to the prosecutor.
The Victim-Witness Coordinator is always available to answer any of your questions or explain processes you may not understand. They are in that position to support you. You may reach the Victim-Witness Coordinator by calling 360-678-7949.