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A Day in the Life of a Trauma Therapist

A Day in the Life of a Trauma Therapist By: Michelle Pauley, Mental Health Therapist, Victim Support Services When I tell people that I am a Trauma Therapist serving the students of a local high school that experienced a mass shooting, I usually hear something like “wow, that must be really hard”.  While I like…

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Crime During the Holidays

Crime During the Holidays By: Brigitta Ellwein, Victim Services Coordinator, King County         The holiday season is here and almost everyone likes to celebrate by getting into the holiday spirit.  That often entails shopping, having family gatherings, and going to community events to see lights and maybe get a glimpse of Santa…

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GiveBig to Help Victims of Crime

We all hear about terrible tragedies every day on the news, but what they don’t show is the time and energy it takes victims of crime to pick up the pieces after these events.  VSS understands that this can be a long arduous process, and we are here to help victims every step of the…

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Victims’ Rights Are Important

Every day we read, see and listen about the crime that is happening in our communities. For most people it is easy to dismiss the crime that has taken place because “I don’t live in that neighborhood”, “I don’t associate with those people”, or “I don’t engage in that behavior”. The sad truth is that…

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Victims' Rights Are Important

Every day we read, see and listen about the crime that is happening in our communities. For most people it is easy to dismiss the crime that has taken place because “I don’t live in that neighborhood”, “I don’t associate with those people”, or “I don’t engage in that behavior”. The sad truth is that…

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Physical Responses of Trauma; Is This Normal or Am I Crazy?

If you are a victim or survivor of crime, you are probably familiar with terms such as trauma, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and so on.  Many individuals also have the belief if you experience trauma and suffer from any of these symptoms, you are weak.  Maybe you have asked yourself the questions, why can’t…

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System-Based and Community Based Advocacy – The Need for Both

Many agencies around the country employ victim advocates within their own departments.  Such agencies include police departments, prosecutor offices and Department of Corrections.  Many victims are not aware that there are victim advocates within the community as well.  Many times I have heard why does a victim need an advocate from the community if they…

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John Keister + The MV Skansonia + Great Auction Items

Last year we held our first ever “An Evening to Remember” auction event, and a fabulous time was had by all.  This year’s auction is shaping up to be even bigger and better! Victim Support Services is thrilled to announce that Northwest comedic icon John Keister will appear, shall we say, “totally live” as our emcee and…

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Crime Victim Survey Opportunity

Claremont Graduate University are looking for people who have recently experienced a violent crime (approximately within the last 4 months) to participate. They are interested in victims’ thoughts, opinions and beliefs about their experience. From this, they are hoping to learn how victims’ thoughts, opinions and beliefs change over the next year especially the different ways…

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Victim information and Notification Everyday

Victims of crime may find some comfort in knowing that the offender is behind bars.   What happens when the offender is released, escapes, or is transferred?  Many people mistakenly believe that a law enforcement officer or prosecutor will notify them if when, the offender is scheduled to be released.  Unfortunately, this is not the case. …

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