Victim Support Team

If you need help

  • If you'd like to report a violent assault, threat of violence, or stalking behavior, please call 9-1-1.
  • If you need immediate support and advocacy, you can call The National Domestic Violence Hotline, (24 hours everyday), (800) 799-7233 or (800) 787-3224 (TTY).
  • To access confidential advocacy, emergency housing, and civil legal advocacy call the New Beginnings Hotline at (206) 522-9472
  • If you'd like to speak to our advocate, please leave a message on our voicemail line: (206) 684-7721.
  • Please indicate whether it is safe for us to leave a message at your return number.
  • If you're searching for ways to support someone else who may be struggling in their relationship, please refer to the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence Friends and Family Guide.

The New VST Website

About VST

The Victim Support Team is a 30-year-old program designed to bridge the gap in services for domestic violence survivors immediately after a patrol officer responds to a 911 call. In 2021, the Victim Support Team moved, along with the Victim Advocates, to the Human Services Department to join the newly formed Crime Survivor Services (CSS) Unit, in the Safe and Thriving Communities Division.
The Victim Support Team (VST) continues to maintain a strong partnership alongside law enforcement and others within the criminal legal system, to provide transportation; help locate shelter, food, and clothing; offer resource referral; offer safety planning; and answer questions about the criminal justice system.

Services:

During the week, the VST Victim Advocate responds to requests for services, collaborating with detectives, patrol officers, system-based advocates, and community partners.   On the weekends, VST is a mobile crisis response team, operating city-wide and offering on-scene and/or over-the-phone support. Volunteers work in teams of two and are assisted by an On-Call Supervisor.

As part of the transition to CSS, VST plans to adapt and expand beyond its current model. This includes supporting the CSS Advocates by accompanying survivors to court and offering immediate emergency resources to survivors of all types of violent crime.

Get Involved:

If you or anyone you know is interested in becoming a volunteer, please apply here. 

For more information about the VST Program, visit their website, or email spd.vst@seattle.gov