Update to VSS Programs and Services Due to Drastic Budget Cuts

Huge funding cuts have affected victim services agencies across the country that support crime survivors and victims, and Victim Support Services (VSS) is no exception. The funding cut is due to a dwindling balance in the national Crime Victims Fund (CVF), which was established in 1984 as part of the Victims of Crime Act, commonly…

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Today is National Boss’s Day!

Boss’s Day is a day for employees to thank their bosses for being kind and fair throughout the year, and acknowledge all that they do. Here at Victim Support Services we have an amazing, fearless leader, Dr. Michaela Weber, who goes above and beyond for crime victims and her team every single day.   In honor of…

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National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month – a time for communities to get involved and take a stand against bullying. In that spirit, this month, we want to bring awareness to one specific topic that falls under the umbrella of ‘bullying’.  For many, it is a common perception that bullying is strictly a childhood issue.…

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Emotional Wellness Month

Written by: Kaili Brown, King County Victim Services Coordinator The last year and a half has been a challenging time for all of us.  From navigating a pandemic, to experiencing political change, several of us have made drastic life changes to adjust to this new “normal”.  On top of it all, these changes have revolved…

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20-Years Later: Remembering and Honoring Those Lives Lost on 9/11

Written by: Leslie McPherson, Programs Administrator September 11, 2001 marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks where nearly 3,000 people were killed in a series of attacks in the United States – a day Americans will never forget. Americans felt a collective trauma and devastation that has forever changed our lives. As we…

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Looking Back as we Look Ahead

Written by: Leslie McPherson, Programs Administrator As we begin another fiscal year, it’s a great time to reflect on everything Victim Support Services (VSS) has achieved in the last year (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021).  And what a year it has been! As the world grappled with a pandemic, the need for victim…

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Power of One Award

In 2018, Victim Support Services decided to institute a special award to illustrate our grateful appreciation for those who go above and beyond, the “Power of One” Award. The first ever Power of One Award was dedicated to a VSS stakeholder whose loyal dedication and unwavering commitment to the community deserved special recognition. On March…

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CVSC Training Series

WHEW! Our training series that was hosted under the CVSC Training Grant has come to anend. We jumped in fast and furious at the beginning of February with the initial 40-hournationally credentialed CORE Academy Training and qualified 12 new advocates to helpindividuals hurt or harmed by crime in WA state. We then got the ball…

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How to Cope with Fourth of July Celebrations After Experiencing Trauma

Written by: Leslie McPherson, Programs Administrator, Victim Support Services Covid-19 has stolen our holidays, disrupted our normal routines, family gatherings and so much more. With restrictions easing and states opening back up, many are looking forward to celebrating the Fourth of July, (almost) post-pandemic. The Fourth of July is a day of pride and celebration. …

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Use RADAR to Protect Your Inbox

Written By: Kimi Nolte, Lead Advocate Phishing is a term that many people will recognize because of the ubiquitous news reports and articles warning the general public on how to avoid scams. Despite the many warnings about phishing and scams, perpetrators of these crimes continue to think of new ways to take advantage of people. According…

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