November 25th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

By VSS | November 18, 2021

Written By: Melissa Isenhart, Victim Services Coordinator, K-9 Unit November 25th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Although great strides have been made to address and prevent violence against women, the reality of violence against women is still very real and prevalent. Women and girls of all ages, backgrounds, ethnicities and socioeconomic status are affected. Sadly, one in three women…

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Update to VSS Programs and Services Due to Drastic Budget Cuts

By VSS | October 18, 2021

Huge funding cuts have affected victim services agencies across the country that support crime survivors and victims, and Victim Support Services (VSS) is no exception. The funding cut is due to a dwindling balance in the national Crime Victims Fund (CVF), which was established in 1984 as part of the Victims of Crime Act, commonly known as VOCA. Between 2017 and today, the amount of…

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Pet of the Quarter

By VSS | October 18, 2021

Please meet Thor, Lynx and Cheetara. Thor was born February 13, 2013 and is an American Staffordshire Terrier. He came to live with us when he was about eight weeks old. Lynx and Cheetara were born in 2007 and are tabby/calico sisters. They came to live with us when they were about six weeks old.  Thor has some food allergies so he is on a…

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Today is National Boss’s Day!

By VSS | October 15, 2021

Boss’s Day is a day for employees to thank their bosses for being kind and fair throughout the year, and acknowledge all that they do. Here at Victim Support Services we have an amazing, fearless leader, Dr. Michaela Weber, who goes above and beyond for crime victims and her team every single day.   In honor of Boss’s Day, each VSS rock star took a moment to…

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Employee of the Quarter

By VSS | October 14, 2021

VSS is proud to announce that Janet Quiroga, Hotline Manger, has been voted in by her peers as Employee of the Quarter for July 1 – September 30, 2021! Janet has been at Victim Support Services for over four years now, dedicating her time to serving victims of crime on the WA State Crime Victim Service Center Hotline. But, the fun doesn’t end there! It’s…

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National Bullying Prevention Month

By VSS | October 4, 2021

October is National Bullying Prevention Month – a time for communities to get involved and take a stand against bullying. In that spirit, this month, we want to bring awareness to one specific topic that falls under the umbrella of ‘bullying’.  For many, it is a common perception that bullying is strictly a childhood issue. Yet the reality is that it is not merely an…

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Emotional Wellness Month

By VSS | October 1, 2021

Written by: Kaili Brown, King County Victim Services Coordinator The last year and a half has been a challenging time for all of us.  From navigating a pandemic, to experiencing political change, several of us have made drastic life changes to adjust to this new “normal”.  On top of it all, these changes have revolved around unpredictability and uncertainty; an added challenge when trying to…

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20-Years Later: Remembering and Honoring Those Lives Lost on 9/11

By VSS | September 7, 2021

Written by: Leslie McPherson, Programs Administrator September 11, 2001 marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks where nearly 3,000 people were killed in a series of attacks in the United States – a day Americans will never forget. Americans felt a collective trauma and devastation that has forever changed our lives. As we commemorate 9/11, we are reminded of how our nation and…

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Ms. Foster’s Class

By VSS | August 16, 2021

Recently we had Ms. Foster, a volunteer at a summer safety program for teens, reach out to us to let us know about a very useful safe driving website that one of the teens in the program found. Ms. Foster is teaching the teens in her summer safety program, “that safety is important in our lives in order to protect ourselves and others, and that…

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