Mission: Families & friends of violent crime victims is one of the oldest victims assistance programs in the us. We deliver support to victims of crime, including the loved ones of homicide victims, adult missing persons and their loved ones, victims of assault, robbery, identity theft, drunk and drugged driving, kidnapping and others.
Programs: Crime victimization leaves victims, families and friends - even the community around them - in a state of crisis and chaos. Most victims must deal not only with the physical and emotional shockwaves of the crime but are also thrust into the criminal justice system. Combined with the sense of helplessness, powerlessness and a loss of control, often their crisis response is put on hold while they mobilize their survival skills to traverse the unfamiliar territory of the criminal justice system. The path through notification, arrest, trial and sentencing is long and arduous. Once complete, the emotional devastation returns. We provide highly trained and empathetic staff and volunteers to people whose lives have devastated by violent crime, regardless of case status, at no cost to the victims served. During the period of 1/1/14 to 12/31/14, we provided approximatedly 4,000 advocacy services to 450 crime victims and answered 1254 crisis line calls. We provide the following services: 24-hour crisis line (800-346-7555), one-on-one crisis intervention, criminal justice system advocacy and intervention, courtroom support, media intervention, resources, referrals, and education services.
Families and Friends, formed in 1975, is one of the oldest victim service agencies in the country. Their compassionate, knowledgeable advocates are available 24/7 to help victims of crime, their loved ones and the loved ones of missing adults. If you need information about the criminal justice system in Washington state, someone to help you through the court system, a peer support group, or just someone to provide a listening ear, call Families and Friends of Missing Persons and Violent Crime Victims. They are truly a lifeline!