Responding 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. Last year, MODVSA invested $1.1 million in prevention, intervention, offender accountability programming, and systems enhancement. 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:

Participants in these efforts include community-based and victim service agencies, law enforcement, and criminal justice partners. 

MODVSA also invests over $3.3 million annually in supportive victim services to address the safety and stability needs of domestic violence, sexual assault, and commercial sexual exploitation survivors and their families.  

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.