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

By VSS | 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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Beyond the Bullet – Book Review

By VSS | July 31, 2013

In our ongoing search to find books that may be helpful to victims and survivors in their journey, we have come across many. Some have been on our shelves for years, the tried and true, and others are new and cutting edge. Today, I want to share with you a tried and true book. It is a book that I have reread many times. Not…

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National Night Out

By VSS | July 23, 2013

National Night Out is a community event where neighbors and organizations to come together to make all our neighborhoods a little safer.  It began 30 years ago in an effort to bring together community partners, residents, and law enforcement, and has been going strong ever since.  National Night Out is held on the first Tuesday in August, this year it’s on August 6th.  Victim Support…

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9th Annual Golf Tournament Winners

By VSS | July 15, 2013

Congratulations to the winners of our Victim Support Services 9th Annual Golf Tournament.  Thank you to everyone who participated for helping make this such a successful event.  With your help we were able to raise $22,352 to support our services.  We look forward to seeing you all again next year!

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Graffiti

By VSS | July 2, 2013

Did you know that graffiti is not only a nuisance but also a crime? In Washington State it is considered Malicious Mischief in the 3rd degree when done without the property owners consent. Graffiti has been used for centuries as an expression of art. The problem arises when it is vandalism.   Gangs use their own unique form to “tag” or mark their territory or to…

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The Everett Clinic Foundation supports Victim Support Services

By VSS | June 26, 2013

The Everett Clinic Foundation has renewed its support for Crime Victim Services with a $5,000 grant.  The latest grant award will support our outreach and awareness program. Marge Martin, Executive Director of Victim Support Services shared the following.  “We are thrilled to receive the continued support of the Everett Clinic Foundation.  On behalf of the crime victims we serve, our Board, staff, and volunteers, a…

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Changes in Island, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties

By VSS | June 25, 2013

Each year, as the new grant cycle begins, Victim Support Services (formerly Families & Friends of Violent Crime Victims) faces new challenges and opportunities to serve victims of crime. Since the bulk of our funding for victims of crime comes from the federal government, we are one of many programs across the State of Washington that will endure large cuts to our budget. As we…

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Funding Partnerships

By VSS | June 18, 2013

Victim Support Services is excited to announce a new partnership with United Way of Snohomish County.   United Way of Snohomish County has not funded services for victims of crime in the past, but is recognizing the increased need for these important services.  We are thrilled to have been chosen to receive $15,000 for the next three years from United Way of Snohomish County.  This money…

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Bill to protect Crime Victims’ Fund from Sequestration

By VSS | June 6, 2013

Reps. Jim Costa and Ted Poe, co-chairs of the Congressional Crime Victims Caucus,just introduced H.R. 2238, which would exempt the Crime Victims Fund from sequestration. It is very important to encourage members of Congress to sign on as co-sponsors. There has been a recent, and perhaps important, change in how sequestration may affect VOCA.  The Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which is responsible for determining…

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