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Offering Office-Based Therapeutic Services Free of Charge

From the beginning, Victim Support Services (VSS) has been committed to providing trauma focused care, focusing on empowerment and client driven individual, family and group services. We recognize that people come from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences, that traumatic experiences may or may not be part of their history.  We believe that people are resilient, that with guidance in addressing their emotional, behavioral, cognitive, spiritual and/or physical well-being they can become their whole self. We also recognize that trauma is part of a system, that families, friends and communities are affected and extending our support to those individuals or groups. Our therapists are trained to work with people of all ages who have experienced trauma using a variety of techniques. The trauma work we do involves providing compassion, guidance and a variety of tools to assist on their journey.

VSS strongly believes in collaboration, recognizing the importance of a solid support network around the person or family. For instance, a person may have a criminal case happening in the criminal justice system. Working as a team, a community advocate, system advocate and mental health therapist can provide a “wrap-around” service ensuring that the person or family is given information and support. Ultimately, a person is best served when they are aware of services, are supported in accessing those services and provided the tools to utilize the service.

In 2017 VSS received a Service Enhancement and Expansion Grant from Washington State’s Office of Crime Victims Advocacy (OVCA) to provide free therapy services to residents of Snohomish County who have been hurt or harmed by crime. VSS therapists provide trauma informed therapy to individuals and families impacted by crime, many whom have had little to no access to mental health. Working in conjunction with VSS advocates has enabled us to provide optimal services by providing therapy alongside advocacy services. This grant ends in June, 2018. We are currently seeking funding to continue to provide this valuable service.

October 2014 brought tragedy to the Marysville community when five students died as the result of gun violence. VSS was there to provide crisis intervention and therapeutic support at Marysville Pilchuck High School and to the Marysville community through grant funding received from the Office of Victims of Crime. Although this funding ended in June, 2017, VSS continues to offer office-based therapeutic services free of charge to individuals and families impacted by this event.

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Testimonials

"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.”

Mark Roe

Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney

“When we can have VSS there with us working with people so they are getting taken care of, you feel like the whole system and community is more responsive. VSS can actually really work with and bond with the victims in ways that we can’t because of the volume we deal with.”

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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Candlelight Remembrance in Snohomish County tonight. A time to remember those lost to violence. It’s always great to have a strong support system especially during the holidays.

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Just a friendly reminder that we have two Candlelight Remembrance events this weekend!

Saturday, December 15
5pm-7pm
Everett, WA

Sunday, December 16
5pm-7pm
Mount Vernon, WA

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