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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Washington State Crime Victim Service Center Hotline Update

Back in February of 2016, Victim Support Services was awarded a grant through the Office of Crime Victim Advocacy (OCVA) to manage and monitor the first 24×7 statewide hotline for victims of general crime in Washington state. Individuals hurt or harmed by crime have been able to speak with a trained advocate to receive crisis…

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New Year’s Resolutions After Losing a Loved One

Written by: Rachel Martinez, Victim Services Coordinator While many people start off the new year with resolutions to lose weight, exercise more, or spend less money, these resolutions might seem unimportant or daunting to those stepping into the new year without a loved one. Others might want to create a resolution in coping with their…

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From The Desk of the Executive Director – Dr. Michaela Weber

A New Year is upon us yet again – funny how that seems to happen so quickly! 2018 was another busy year for us here at VSS…..We started our year out with a record attendance for the agency at our annual Voices of Victims luncheon, with Captain Chris Vanghele of the Newtown Police Department as…

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The Everett Clinic Foundation

The good news keeps flowing for VSS! We have received a $9,750 grant from The Everett Clinic Foundation! We are thrilled to be able to use these funds toward our advocacy and outreach program in Snohomish County. Thank you to all Everett Clinic employees who support The Everett Clinic Foundation through personal contributions, you are…

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Thanksgiving Grief

Written by: Janet Quiroga, Hotline Coordinator Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season. It is a time for gathering with loved ones, to give thanks and enjoy good food. Although to those who have lost a loved one, Thanksgiving can be the total opposite. It can make them question what there is to be…

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A Report on Our Special Training Grant

In late March 2018, Victim Support Services was the recipient of a special grant from Washington state that covered training to community members and professionals around the state who work with crime victims. The grant lasted 6 months – beginning April 1 and ending on September 30. For the six month period, VSS provided continuing…

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The Symptoms of Chronic Stress, Part 2

Written by: Julie Thomas, Director of Victim Services and Training What is stress anyway? Is it bad, is it good? Stress is simply the non-specific response of the body to anything in life which causes people to have to adjust or alter attention, behavior and/or demands of energy. It is a survival mechanism. Stress, when properly managed, is constructive…

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