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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John Keister + The MV Skansonia + Great Auction Items

By admin | October 10, 2013

Last year we held our first ever “An Evening to Remember” auction event, and a fabulous time was had by all.  This year’s auction is shaping up to be even bigger and better! Victim Support Services is thrilled to announce that Northwest comedic icon John Keister will appear, shall we say, “totally live” as our emcee and auctioneer at our second annual benefit auction.  John, the Emmy-winning…

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Crime Victim Survey Opportunity

By admin | October 9, 2013

Claremont Graduate University are looking for people who have recently experienced a violent crime (approximately within the last 4 months) to participate. They are interested in victims’ thoughts, opinions and beliefs about their experience. From this, they are hoping to learn how victims’ thoughts, opinions and beliefs change over the next year especially the different ways people interpret and deal with their experience. The study is…

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National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims

By admin | September 30, 2013

Last Wednesday, September 25th was National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims.  In 2007, Congress designated Sept. 25 as the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims.  Robert and Charlotte Hullinger, of Cincinnati, formed Parents of Murdered Children following the 1978 murder of their 19-year-old daughter, Lisa, while she was studying in Germany. The annual day of observance is on the date Lisa was murdered. The annual National…

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Victim information and Notification Everyday

By admin | September 10, 2013

Victims of crime may find some comfort in knowing that the offender is behind bars.   What happens when the offender is released, escapes, or is transferred?  Many people mistakenly believe that a law enforcement officer or prosecutor will notify them if when, the offender is scheduled to be released.  Unfortunately, this is not the case.  The good news is there is a tool available to…

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True or False-How Much Do You Really Know About Identity Theft?

By admin | August 15, 2013

1.      The elderly are more likely to fall victim to identity theft. False.  People between the ages of 18-29 are more likely to experience identity theft.  9% of identity theft victims are over the age 60 while 29% are between the ages of 18-29, with 30-39 coming in a close second with 25%.  The elderly are more likely to be victims of financial exploitation than have their…

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