Help For Victims

Are you or someone you know a victim of crime?

If so, we can assist you to navigate through the criminal justice system and advocate for your needs as a victim of crime.

Our services are designed to meet your needs as a crime victim and assist you in your journey from victim to survivor. These services include:

Crisis Hotline

Speak with a trained advocate who can provide assistance with needs resulting from victimization. 1-888-288-9221. Call during business hours M-F, between 9am – 5pm PST (including holidays), or text 24/7.

Crisis Intervention

When you just need someone to talk to, when you don’t know where to turn, when you feel overwhelmed, we are here to listen and help.

Information and Referral

We can help answer questions you may have and if we can’t, we’ll assist you in finding the appropriate service that can.


 We can assist you in the following ways:

  • Completing a Crime Victims Compensation form

  • Providing free printed materials on victim grief and trauma

  • Assisting with funeral or memorial arrangements

  • Intervening with media when requested

  • Providing resources and referrals to meet individual needs

  • Facilitating safety planning

  • Helping navigate through the Criminal Justice process

  • Giving information on the crime victims’ Bill of Rights

  • Assisting with Victim Impact Statements

  • Providing information and resources for notification of offender release

Medical Advocacy

We are available to help crime victims with issues pertaining to their medical care and assist with identifying resources.

Support Groups

We offer 10-week closed support groups for homicide survivors.

Mental Health Services

If you are a victim or family member of a victim of homicide, assault, vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, robbery, or burglary, there is free counseling available to you.  Getting counseling is a sign of strength. It can help you overcome tough situations, and can make a tremendous difference in your journey through life.

You do not need to report to law enforcement nor does your immigration status prevent you from obtaining our services.

Call Our 24-Hour Crisis Line

Speak with a trained advocate who can provide assistance with needs resulting from victimization.  Call by clicking below! 


"With the help of VSS, you are empowered and encouraged to fight back and be pro-active. Then your conscience can be more at peace because you know you have taken some action to protest crimes inflicted on your loved one. It is sometimes your only consolation."

“The one takeaway for me in working with VSS is that it is a necessary organization. I know they are funded by grants and fundraisers but it’s something we need to make sure as a community that they have the funding needed because what they do for people in need doesn’t happen anywhere else. This is the only place that this happens and VSS helps with so many things.”

David Rose

Anchor, Q13 News and Host, Washington’s Most Wanted

“VSS is there when the unthinkable happens.  When a police officer knocks on your door and gives you tragic news, VSS helps navigate the court system, which can be very confusing. VSS is compassion, caring, and commitment. Commitment to once justice is done that victims and their families can move forward with their lives.”

Jennifer Gregerson

Mayor, City of Mukilteo

“VSS has been our partner in recovery and healing and a key part in what makes Mukilteo Strong. VSS has been a trusted advocate for the victims that have suffered so much in the community.  I’m so grateful to VSS as our partner in strength.”

Jon Nehring

Mayor, City of Marysville

“VSS is there for people in their darkest hour. At a time when they need an advocate and friend, VSS steps in to fill that gap and help them begin their journey back to some sense of normalcy.” 

Myrle Carner

Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound

“This thing about closure. There is never really closure in a victim’s life but VSS helps individuals to get closer to that and that’s critical because the cops and the judicial system just move on to another case because they don’t have time. Victims live with this trauma forever so VSS is with them for as long as they need the services. VSS takes the time, more importantly, they really care."

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