For Domestic Violence Survivors and their Family, Friends and Co-workers
How to Get Help
The City of Seattle supports community programs and activities that create a comprehensive service delivery system to help survivors gain and maintain safety and address their multiple social and economic needs. Our community partners provide an array of services and programs, including:
- Information and assistance
- Safety planning
- Civil legal services for victims of domestic violence
- Education about the dynamics of domestic violence
- Guidance through the numerous social institutions that help survivors leave and/or protect themselves and their children from further abuse
- Accompaniment to criminal or civil legal proceedings when possible and assistance with protection orders
- Referrals to income and employment support
- Access to safe, confidential, short- and long-term housing, and payment for security deposits, utilities, moving expenses and household furnishings
- Provision of or referral to supportive services such as mental health, medical, chemical dependency and legal services
- Interpretation services
The City of Seattle contracts with nonprofit, community-based organizations to provide services. Contracting is determined through a competitive process that is conducted by the Seattle Human Services Department at least once every four years. Funding depends upon program performance and funding availability. The current four-year cycle ends in 2013. The 2012 allocation (City of Seattle General Funds) for victim services is $1,373,480.
The City of Seattle supports innovative approaches to serving victims of domestic violence through a coordinated community response. Partnerships between criminal justice systems and community based agencies ensure a comprehensive array of services available to victims and their families. These projects are funded through grants from the U.S. Department of Justiceís Office on Violence Against Women.
2012 Funded Agencies and Programs
- Abused Deaf Womenís Advocacy Services serves victims of domestic violence who are deaf, deaf-blind, or hard of hearing.
- Asian Pacific Islander Women & Family Safety Center provides client-centered, culturally and linguistically relevant, advocacy and support services for survivors of abuse and their family.
- Consejo Counseling and Referral Service provides services for Latino survivors of domestic violence and their children.
- Jewish Family Service provides support and advocacy to survivors of domestic violence and their families.
- King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence works to end domestic violence by facilitating collective action for social change through county-wide public policy and education efforts.
- New Beginnings serves victims/survivors of domestic violence who are still with a violent partner, are recently separated or have been out of the relationship for some time.
- Northwest Immigrant Rights Project provides comprehensive immigration legal services and community education to advance the human rights and well-being of low-income immigrants and refugees.
- Northwest Justice Project is a not-for-profit statewide organization that provides free civil legal services to low-income people.
- Northwest Network provides services for lesbian, bisexual, trans, gay, two-spirit and questioning survivors of domestic and dating violence and their children.
- Refugee Womenís Alliance (ReWA) provides culturally and linguistically appropriate services to refugee and immigrant women who are victims of domestic violence.
- Salvation Army serves women and children survivors of domestic violence.
- Seattle Indian Health Board serves domestic violence survivors from various ethnic backgrounds, mainly American Indian/Alaska Natives.
- Sound Mental Health provides comprehensive mental health services throughout King County.
- YWCA Seattle-King-Snohomish County provides specialized services that address the unique issues and barriers faced by victims of domestic violence who are from communities of color, particularly African American women.
For more information, call the Seattle Human Services Departmentís Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention program at 206-233-2774.
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