Responding to Gender-Based Violence

The City of Seattle is committed to ending gender-based violence.  The Seattle Human Services Department - Mayor's Office on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (MODVSA) strives to support individuals, families, and communities to obtain safety and stability.  Annually, MODVSA invests approximately $7 million in prevention, intervention, systems enhancement, and offender accountability programming. The Office also works in partnership with communities, non-profits, and government agencies to enhance the City of Seattle's response to gender-based violence. 

MODVSA is the lead coordinator of a number of cross-departmental and regional response efforts, including:

  • Access To Advocacy Network
  • Coordinated Effort Against Sexual Exploitation (CEASE)
  • City of Seattle - Domestic Violence Prevention Council
  • Seattle Criminal Justice Committee 

Participants in these efforts include community-based and victim service agencies, law enforcement, and criminal justice partners. In April 2015, the MODVSA joined Clear Channel Outdoor to unveil a campaign to combat child sex trafficking in Seattle and King County. In January of 2016, a proclamation was issued recognizing Human Trafficking Awareness month. 

MODVSA invests over $443,000 annually in prevention and outreach education efforts for in-school and in-community programs, with the focus on youth and marginalized populations.
MODVSA invests over $2.7 million annually in programs to support the safety and stability needs of domestic violence, sexual assault, and commercial sexual exploitation survivors and their families.
In combination with funding support by the federal Office on Violence Against Women, MODVSA invests over $988,000 annually in programs which enhance system response, and hold offenders accountable.
The goal of Access to Advocacy is to ensure that all survivors of domestic violence, including those with limited English, are able to receive the support, assistance, and services they need to ensure their safety and stability.