Supporting Safe Communities and Safe Lives

The Safe and Thriving Communities Division is a new division that consolidates HSD's safety investments. This new division will respond to community requests for the City of Seattle to reduce funding to the Seattle Police Department and reinvest in community building efforts using nearly $22 million in annual investments. HSD will be hosting forums through mid-November to engage community on the leadership and structure of the division.

HSD and partners wrapped up a number of community forums in November. Here is a link to the presentation used during the forums and a Frequently Asked Questions document compiled from feedback we heard from community members during the five virtual gatherings.

Please continue to monitor this page for updates and next steps.

The new division also includes the pre-existing Mayor's Office on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (MODVSA), and will continue to maintain its investments and the City of Seattle's commitment to respond to gender-based violence. 

HSD's Mayor’s Office on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (MODVSA) serves as a funder, convener, partner, and thought leader in the field of gender-based violence. In 2019, the team increased education and awareness through a series of events, including organizing a #DenimDay educational panel to amplify voices of indigenous women who are leading change for survivors as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April); hosting speakers and a discussion on the importance of addressing racism, healing trauma that African American men and boys have themselves experienced, and bringing communities together to protect African American women and girls (September); and expanded recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October) by recruiting Mayor’s Office, Office of Labor Standards, and Legislative Department staff and the Columbia Center to participate in #PurpleThursday.