The Myths & Facts of Stalking

Written by: Maia McCoy, MSW, Victim Services Coordinator Myth #1: Stalking happens only between intimate partners. Fact: It is true that overwhelmingly, stalking victims are stalked by an intimate partner. 44% of male victims and 61% of female victims are stalked by an intimate partner. However, many stalking cases occur between acquaintances. What this means…

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Welcome our new Hotline Advocate, Nicole Vangrimbergen!

Victim Support Services is excited to announce that we hired a new hotline advocate, Nicole Vangrimbergen!  Nicole comes to VSS with a wealth of experience. In the past, she has been a Correctional Custody Officer for the Washington State Department of Corrections, a Case Manager with Pioneer Human Services providing supervision for Federal, United States Probation,…

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Employee of the Month: January 2018

Congratulations to our January Employee of the Month, Janet Quiroga!  Janet has been with VSS since September of 2017 and is our Hotline Advocate, providing primary coverage on the Washington State Crime Victim Service Center Hotline. She is the first one clients speak to when they call seeking services, resources, and crisis intervention.  Her peers…

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2018 VSS Furry Friends Calendar

VSS is launching their first ever calendar for 2018! The calendar is filled with pictures of the VSS staff’s pets. As well, the calendar has VSS events and National Days relating to victims of crime. This calendar is part of our 2017 Year-End-Campaign. What does this mean? If you make a donation of $50 or…

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Welcome Leslie McPherson

We are excited to welcome  Leslie McPherson as she transitions from volunteer crisis line advocate to the position of Crisis Line Coordinator. Leslie has volunteered on the crisis line, assisted at events and helped with other administrative tasks since June of 2013. She brings to the team at VSS her interest in the criminal justice…

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Taking Care of Yourself During the Holidays

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year”.  When I start noticing signs of Christmas, that phrase is ever present in my thoughts.  I suspect this is so because I grew up with a mother that would pull out old record albums and play holiday music from Thanksgiving to Christmas; NONSTOP!!!  I am convinced my…

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Crisis Line Volunteers – We Couldn’t Do It Without Them!

We literally couldn’t provide the 24 hour crisis line without our fabulous crisis line volunteers.  From 9am-5pm M-F our crisis line is staffed by advocates, in our Everett office.  After the daytime staff goes home our volunteer Crisis Line Advocates take over.  They staff the crisis line from 5pm-9am on weekdays and 24 hours a…

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Crisis Line Volunteers – We Couldn't Do It Without Them!

We literally couldn’t provide the 24 hour crisis line without our fabulous crisis line volunteers.  From 9am-5pm M-F our crisis line is staffed by advocates, in our Everett office.  After the daytime staff goes home our volunteer Crisis Line Advocates take over.  They staff the crisis line from 5pm-9am on weekdays and 24 hours a…

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