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:

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

Crime Survivor Services (CSS) is a new unit within HSD's Safe and Thriving Communities Division. The creation of this unit aligns with the City of Seattle's commitment to reimagine public safety. The unit is comprised of two programs: the (9) system-based victim advocates and a trauma response team made up of (70+) community volunteers. CSS works with survivors of domestic violence, elder abuse, sexual exploitation, sexual assault, human trafficking, internet crimes against children, and child abuse, as well as hate crimes, robbery, and surviving family members of homicide victims. CSS system-based advocates are embedded in the Seattle Police Department investigative units. They work closely with the detectives and prosecutors to ensure that survivors have a voice in the criminal process and their rights are protected.

Centering survivor agency, dignity, and safety as well as ensuring the provision of trauma-informed care through a race and social justice lens are the core facets of the Crime Survivor Services unit. CSS works closely with community-based agencies to stay current on resources available to survivors; increase opportunities for partnership; and enhance collaboration between system and community-based advocates to best meet crime survivors’ needs.
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. They organized a #DenimDay educational panel to amplify voices of indigenous women who are leading change for survivors as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April. They hosted 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 in September. And they expanded recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October by recruiting City staff and the Columbia Center to participate in #PurpleThursday.