Victim Support Team

VST COVID-19 Update: The Victim Support Team remains committed to supporting survivors throughout this crisis. While our VST Volunteers are not actively going out to secure scenes, our staff Advocate is working in partnership with several of Seattle’s domestic violence service programs to ensure survivors have access to critical services. Our community partners are carefully considering advisories from public health officials while maintaining core services such as: 24-hour hotlines; individual, legal, and medical advocacy; safety planning; mental health services; connection to resources; and housing.

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.

About VST

The Victim Support Team (VST) is a 30-year-old program designed to bridge the gap in services for domestic violence survivors that exists between the time patrol officers respond to a 911 call, to the time advocates, detectives and prosecutors make contact with the victim.

Our Mission

The mission of the Victim Support Team is to create a rewarding and sustainable partnership between community volunteers and police to address and prevent domestic violence. The Victim Support Team is committed to providing comprehensive, culturally relevant, and supportive services to domestic violence victims and their children.

Our Work

On the weekends
VST is a mobile crisis response team, operating city-wide to offer on-scene and/or over-the-phone support. Volunteers work in teams of two and are assisted by an On-Call Supervisor. They provide transportation; help locate shelter, food, and clothing; offer resource referral; offer safety planning; and answer questions about the criminal justice system. Each weekend, VST receives referrals from patrol officers, detectives, prosecutors, ER social workers, and system-based advocates.

During the week 
The VST Victim Advocate responds to requests for VST services during the week, collaborating with detectives, patrol officers, system-based advocates, and community partners to create a stronger bridge for victims to the criminal justice system.

Our Partners

Seattle Police Foundation- Donations for the VST program are being accepted through the Seattle Police Foundation.  The Seattle Police Foundation is a non-profit organization, and donations are tax deductible (501C3 # 91-2171529).  Donations make it possible for VST to provide emergency resources for victims such as bus tickets, grocery store gift certificates, locksmiths, hotel nights, and emergency relocation assistance.

Seattle Fire Department - Provides our volunteers with the necessary training on biohazard and injury prevention.  

Seattle/King County Emergency Feeding Program Supplies VST with family-sized food bags and smaller snack packs for families in crisis.

Westside Baby- Collects, inspects and distributes free diapers, clothing, and safety gear for the babies and children that VST serve. 

New Beginnings  - Two representatives from New Beginnings provide domestic violence training to the VST volunteers.  The VST program also coordinates services for domestic violence victims with New Beginnings as well several other DV agencies in the area.