Integral to providing direct services to victims in the state of Washington is Core Advocacy Training. This fourty-hour training qualifies individuals to provide services at Crime Victim Service Centers in Washington state. Victim Support Services (VSS) provides this essential training three to four times a year. Our core training is open to any staff, volunteer or board member working on behalf of a Crime Victim Service Center, prosecution based advocacy, social service program, or mental health agency in Washington State.

Training covers a wide range of topics to include crisis intervention, victim trauma, grief and loss, traumatic loss, the criminal and civil legal systems, cultural competency and victims’ rights.

Training is five days from 8-5 each day. Participants must attend all five days of training to qualify to provide direct services. Training is held at the VSS main office in Everett. If you are a professional who would like to attend there will be charge of $125.00 fee for materials.

If you are interested in attending the training please contact Julie Thomas, Director of Statewide Training/Hotline Specialist, at or by phone at 425.252.6081. Contact Leslie McPherson, Director of Statewide Hotline Services at if you are interested in volunteering for VSS.