Victim Support Services welcomes our newest advocate, Abbey Vranizan. Abbey is the Victim Services Coordinator covering Whatcom and Skagit Counties. She comes into this work with a passion to assist victims of crime through their struggles after victimization.
Abbey was raised in Western Montana, and received her undergraduate degree in Social Work from the University of Montana in 2012. Prior to completing her degree, she was employed for a family law attorney who got her involved in litigation and client-based advocacy. The attorney’s office frequently represented clients that were leaving violent relationships. Abbey learned during that time that she wanted to work as an advocate for oppressed populations. Abbey volunteered for a while at a domestic violence shelter, until she decided to return to school and get her degree.
She moved to Bellingham in October 2011. Since then she has been an Americorps volunteer working with at-risk youth in the high school setting, a paralegal for a family-law/dependency attorney in Whatcom County, and now finally gets to do the work that she has longed for; direct services, advocating for victims of violent crimes.
Abbey has a 10 year old kitty that has been with her through it all and made the big move to Washington State with her. Abbey enjoys exploring, riding her bike and flying kites. She states “I look forward to being a part of Victim Support Services, and am grateful for the opportunity that has been given to me!”