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HSD Victim Support Team: A volunteer opportunity that makes a real difference

Graphic including a Victim Support Team Volunteer and a their quote “This program has taught me so many invaluable skills for my life, relationships, and career.” with HSD's logo, the VST team logo, and texting saying "Make an impact! Deadline to apply May 28th 2024"

Each spring, Seattle Human Services recruits community volunteers for its Victim Support Team (VST). The application period is open now through May 28, 2024.

“VST volunteers offer support to survivors in a unique time of need, and their commitment and impact make this program a vital part of the City’s response to violence,” said Erika Pablo, director of the Safe and Thriving Communities division. “The volunteer team works in close collaboration with community partners. It’s a great opportunity for the community to get involved in making an impact.”

What do VST volunteers do?

  • VST volunteers provide short-term advocacy, safety planning, and referrals to culturally specific resources.
  • The team provides comprehensive, culturally relevant supportive services to survivors of sexual assault, commercial sexual exploitation, elder abuse, and other violent crimes, working to ensure their safety and empower them for the future.
  • Advocacy is provided in-person on the weekends by a mobile crisis response team and over the phone on weekdays.

Who should apply?

  • Any adult (age 21+) who is compassionate and non-judgmental and wants to make a real difference in the lives of survivors is encouraged to apply.
  • No experience in social work or counseling is required.
  • Victim Support Team volunteers represent diverse personal and professional backgrounds.
  • Applicants must pass a Seattle Police Department background check.

How are volunteers supported?

  • Free onboarding, training, and mentorship are provided.
  • VST volunteers become part of a community of experts—professional and volunteer—in the field of survivor advocacy and build community connections and relationships for life.

How do I get more information?

  • For upcoming information session dates, VST Training Academy information, and five videos featuring VST volunteers, visit the VST Volunteer Opportunities webpage.
  • If you have questions, e-mail Victim Support Team supervisor Kaylee DiMaggio at

Applications can be completed online anytime now through May 28, 2024.