Victims' Rights Are Important

By admin | April 7, 2014

Every day we read, see and listen about the crime that is happening in our communities. For most people it is easy to dismiss the crime that has taken place because “I don’t live in that neighborhood”, “I don’t associate with those people”, or “I don’t engage in that behavior”. The sad truth is that crime can happen anywhere to virtually anyone. Think about some…

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Hugs Help!

By admin | January 30, 2014

Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll is known for his exuberant style and for hugging players during the game.  With the Seahawks poised for their first Superbowl win it’s impossible not to get caught up in the 12th man energy here in the Puget Sound.  Phil Jubie of Superb Construction is bringing his passion for football to something else he is passionate about, helping victims of…

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Physical Responses of Trauma; Is This Normal or Am I Crazy?

By admin | December 19, 2013

If you are a victim or survivor of crime, you are probably familiar with terms such as trauma, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and so on.  Many individuals also have the belief if you experience trauma and suffer from any of these symptoms, you are weak.  Maybe you have asked yourself the questions, why can’t I just get over it?  Am I crazy? What is…

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VSS Annual Appeal

By admin | December 8, 2013

One thing that is often said is that people don’t understand how it feels to be a victim of crime unless they have been a victim themselves. Victims Support Services, formerly Families & Friends of Violent Crime Victims, has worked with thousands of victims who became survivors. I would like to share with you just some of what a victim of crime encounters in the…

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Taking Care of Yourself During the Holidays

By admin | December 6, 2013

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year”.  When I start noticing signs of Christmas, that phrase is ever present in my thoughts.  I suspect this is so because I grew up with a mother that would pull out old record albums and play holiday music from Thanksgiving to Christmas; NONSTOP!!!  I am convinced my brain will be forever etched with holiday tunes and the…

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VSS Counseling Services Available

By admin | December 2, 2013

Victim Support Services is excited to announce, through a grant from Snohomish County United Way, that we are able to provide five free counseling services to victims of crime. If you are a victim or family member of homicide, assault, robbery, vehicular homicide, or vehicular assault there are counseling services available to you. We have an excellent therapist, Debra Grady, who is available to meet…

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King County Food Drive – Thank You!

By admin | November 27, 2013

The Federal Detention Center, in Sea-Tac, graciously combined efforts with their staff and inmates to donate a whopping sixteen boxes of food for victims of crime in King County! Food items are being sorted and distributed to families in need by our King County Victim Services Coordinator, Colleen Ingalls. For their effort and generosity, we are grateful!

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Auction Thank You

By admin | November 18, 2013

November 16th was our second annual “An Evening to Remember” auction aboard the historic MV Skansonia on the north shore of Lake Union.  While sharing entertainment, good food and company, we are pleased to report that it was a huge success raising a net of almost $18,000. We want to personally thank everyone for their time, consideration and willingness to make a difference in our…

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System-Based and Community Based Advocacy – The Need for Both

By admin | November 7, 2013

Many agencies around the country employ victim advocates within their own departments.  Such agencies include police departments, prosecutor offices and Department of Corrections.  Many victims are not aware that there are victim advocates within the community as well.  Many times I have heard why does a victim need an advocate from the community if they already have one in the system?   The reason is that…

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