Access to Advocacy

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. The Access to Advocacy Initiative include 3 main components:

  1. Multilingual Access Project (MAP): The MAP Web site provides a wide range of information including how to get out of immediate danger and find safe housing. Interpreters, police, shelters, hotlines, advocacy services and multilingual service agencies are listed along with information for concerned relatives, friends and co-workers. Domestic violence information is available in 13 languages: Amharic or Amaryna, Chinese, Hindi, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese.
  2. Peace in the Home Helpline (PITH)
  3. Access to Advocacy - Bilingual Advocates Network

Additional advocacy work includes the following:

Day One Program:  The Day One Program facilitates the process of providing immediate access to safety and services for domestic violence victims/survivors and their children - when they need services, where they need them and when they call, on "Day One." The Day One® Program does this through a secure and confidential Internet site that connects domestic violence programs allowing them to share "real time" available bed space and information about services. The Day One® web-based system includes information on shelter, hotel/motel voucher, and transitional housing availability. Domestic violence agencies can update their shelter bed inventory on a daily basis or as their inventory changes. The database also includes information about each participating agency, including geographic area served, disability access, languages spoken by staff, advocacy and other services offered, support groups, and programs for children. Under a currently planned upgrade, all programs, regardless of shelter will be able to enter complete program information. No client information is included in Day One.  Currently, Day One Program participants include:  12 programs in King County, 1 in Whatcom County, 4 in Pierce County, 1 in Skagit County, 1 in Snohomish, and 1 in Thurston County. 

Do One Thing:  The Do One Thing Campaign encourages City Departments and members of the Domestic Violence Prevention Council to do one thing each year to address gender-based violence.  The projects do not have to be big, but they do need to be measurable and can be completed within 12 months. Partners of the Seattle Do One Thing campaign include: Seattle Police Department, Seattle City Attorney's Office, Seattle Human Services, Seattle Office on Housing, Seattle Office of Civil Rights, Seattle Dept. of Labor, Seattle Dept. of Neighborhoods, Seattle Women's Commission, Seattle Fire Department, Seattle King County Public Health, and the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.  Learn more at the Domestic Violence Awareness Project.