Meet Melissa and Davie!

By C V | July 29, 2020

VSS is proud to announce that we have a new all regions advocate and court house dog!  Melissa and Davie are the latest members of the VSS family and we are excited to share this amazing news with you all.  Melissa grew up in Iowa on a small hobby farm with horses. She participated in 4H and high school rodeo. She attended the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse and…

Read More

Meet VSS’s New Employee, Amanda

By C V | February 26, 2020

VSS is happy to welcome our new Snohomish County Advocate, Amanda! She recently graduated from Biola University in South California with a degree in Sociology (Criminology concentration) and a minor in music (voice).  She is excited to have moved back to the beautiful PNW (where she grew up) and to start working at VSS! When not at work, you can find Amanda with her 2 rescue dogs (one she…

Read More

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

By C V | February 26, 2020

Written By: Jennifer, Whatcom County Advocate February is known as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, with 2020 being the 10th year of bringing awareness to such an important issue. According to Love is Respect, dating violence among teenagers is incredibly common – more so than most people realize. 1 out of 3 teenagers will be involved in an abusive relationship. These teens will experience physical, sexual,…

Read More

Labor Trafficking in the United States Using Temporary Visas

By C V | January 30, 2020

Written By: Rachel, King County Advocate It is a common belief that human trafficking victims are kidnapped or otherwise violently brought illegally into the country and forced to work. While this is an unfortunate reality, more often trafficking victims have come to the US legally on temporary work visas. They are then forced into labor under the guise of legal employment, especially in the fields…

Read More

A Letter from Our Founder

By C V | December 19, 2019

Dear Reader, Can you imagine the pain of a mother’s first holiday season without her child?  Can you imagine the tragedy of a missing daughter, a murder, the attempt to keep a smile on one’s face because it is Christmas and there are other children to tend to?  This is the story of Lola Linstad, the founder of Victim Support Services.   Many people are experiencing…

Read More

The Holiday Blues

By C V | December 12, 2019

Written by: Jennifer, Information and Referral Specialist      The holidays can be a joyous time filled with loved ones, gifts, and memories. It is a time that brings people together and it fills the air with altruism. The weather is cool, homes are cozy, and vacation time is just around the corner. There is usually a positive connotation surrounding the holidays, but many of…

Read More

Happy Holidays! – A Note of Gratitude from Our Executive Director

By C V | December 11, 2019

To Whom it May Concern, It is with humility and gratitude that I wish you a happy holiday season.  Because of the support of our community (YOU) we have reached 9,658 individuals to date in 2019 with courtroom advocacy, counseling, assistance through our hotline and through classes and outreach programming.  We have expanded our therapy program to offer counseling in 4 counties.  The 24-hour statewide…

Read More

November Employee of the Month

By C V | November 26, 2019

This month’s Employee of the Month is Rachel! Rachel has been with us for nearly a year and a half now but we can’t imagine VSS without her! Rachel has an incredible work ethic – she balances two locations in King County, Covington and Pioneer Square. She supports clients all over King County and has recently worked on developing a new referral mechanism so that…

Read More

Lessons Learned in my Grief

By C V | November 25, 2019

Written By: Julie Thomas, Director of Victim Services and Education After my son died in 2016, my life froze. It froze into an existence of trying to figure out how to navigate the world without part of me here. I have four amazing children and to lose one is to lose part of my heart and soul. That knee jerk-reaction was to jump off a…

Read More