Power of connection: Resources for survivors of domestic and sexual violence

October is Domestic Violence Action Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month. During the month of October victim advocates, allies, survivors of abuse, their loved ones, and the surrounding community come together to raise awareness of domestic violence and its impact on individuals, families, and communities. It is a time to connect, lift each other up, share resources, save space for each other, mourn lives lost, and celebrate progress towards ending domestic violence.

Everyone has a role in ending domestic violence and its impact on our communities, from staying connected to someone experiencing abuse, volunteering at nonprofit organizations serving survivors, to sharing resources with each other. We can all contribute to building safe and resilient communities.

To honor and support survivors of domestic and sexual violence, we at King County’s Department of Community and Human Services, compiled a list of resources for survivors of abuse and violence in King County to help connect King County’s community of survivors. Resources include a 24/7 helpline, harm reduction, behavioral health supports, legal advocacy, support services and more. Please call, email, or visit the organization’s website to learn more their services.

You are not alone. Resources are available to support you.

24/7 Helplines

DVHopeline (King County Domestic Violence Hotline), Call 206-737-0242 or 877-737-0242

National Domestic Violence Hotline Call 800-799-7233

Resources and services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence in King County

Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services: Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services empowers Deaf and DeafBlind survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and harassment to transform their lives, while striving to change the beliefs and behaviors that foster and perpetuate violence. Contact: 206-812-1001, adwas@adwas.org.

All Girl Everything (AGE UP!): We are a BIPOC-led, South Seattle based organization leveraging the power of sports for a more just society. We are a network of players, coaches and alumni in the Southend creating spaces for young people to build power, strengthen connections, find belonging, and experience joy. Contact: info@allgirleverything.org.

API Chaya: API Chaya empowers survivors of gender-based violence and human trafficking to gain safety, connection, and wellness. Contact: 206-467-9976, info@apichaya.org. 

Atlantic Street Center: Atlantic Street Center’s mission is to support families and communities with raising healthy, successful children and youth through direct services and advocacy for social justice and equity. Contact: 206-329-2050, ascinfo@atlanticstreet.org.

Coalition Ending Gender-based Violence: To build, connect, and lead across and within systems that intersect with gender-based violence to make a lasting impact and create change. Services include: behavioral health supports, navigating the legal system, housing connections, violence preventions and training and education, domestic violence system coordination and training, and more. Contact: 206-568-5454, endgv@endgv.org.

Coalition for Rights and Safety of People in Sex Trade (Aileen’s): Coalition for Rights & Safety for People in the Sex Trade is a network of individuals and organizations promoting self-determination, safety, well-being, and human rights of sex workers and people engaged in the sex trade through public education, policy advocacy, and other activities from empirical, harm reduction, and social justice perspectives. Contact: info@rightsandsafety.org.

Collective Justice Project: We are a restorative justice organization brought together by a diverse group of survivors and imprisoned community members in Washington State. We build responses to harm that center the dignity and resilience of all people, and harness the collective power of communities impacted by the trauma of violence and mass imprisonment toward cultural and systemic transformation. Services include healing circles, dialogue and accountability processes, survivor organizing academy, trainings and presentations. Contact: 206-447-3900, info@collectivejusticenw.org.

Consejo Counseling and Referral Service: As a team, we strive to provide children, adults, and families with information and support related to domestic violence, drugs and alcohol treatment, sexual assault victim services, and mental health care. We offer bilingual services that enhance the strengths of clients and address the needs of children, adolescents, and adults. Contact: 206-461-4880.

Domestic Abuse Women’s Network (DAWN): DAWN supports, empowers and shelters survivors of domestic abuse in South King County and helps to keep us all safe by educating our community to respond to and prevent violence. Services include: 24-hour support line, confidential emergency domestic violence shelter, mobile community advocacy, mental health programs, Children’s Domestic Violence Response Team, support groups, legal advocacy, immigrant survivor advocacy, and more. Contact: 425-656-7867.

Dove Project: The DOVE Project is a domestic violence and sexual assault agency that provides survivor services, prevention education and community programming in an effort to reduce interpersonal harm. Contact: 206-462-0911, info@vashondoveproject.org.

DVHopeline (King County Domestic Violence Hotline): A free, 24/7, safe and confidential domestic violence helpline for any person, from any community, of any age or gender. Contact: 206-737-0242 or 877-737-0242.

Filipino Community of Seattle: Gender Based Violence Programs at the Filipino Community of Seattle provide resources and a supportive community in the Seattle area. We serve the survivors and victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.  Our programs consists of educational workshops, giving the opportunity for survivors to gain friendships, and more. Contact: 206-722-9372, info@filcommsea.org.

Ingersoll Gender Center: Ingersoll Gender Center is an organization by, and for transgender and gender nonconforming people that provides mutual support through peer led support groups, advocacy in navigating resources, community organizing, and education — all in the pursuit of our collective self-determination. Contact: 206-849-7859, info@ingersollgendercenter.org.

Interim Community Development Association: An affordable housing and community development organization based in Seattle’s Chinatown/International District (CID). Contact: 206-624-1802, info@interimcda.org.

Iraqi Community Center of Washington: To promote empowerment towards Iraqi refugees through Capacity Building. Contact: 253-243-7744, marwa@irccw.org.

LifeWire: LifeWire supports survivors of domestic violence on their path toward safety, stability, and healing. We work to end domestic violence by changing community beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. Services include: pathways to safe housing, promoting healthy relationships and behavioral health support. Contact: 425-746-1940.

Jewish Family Services – Project DVORA: Project DVORA works with survivors of domestic violence, specifically intimate partner violence. We help survivors who are currently involved in an abusive relationship, actively exiting an abusive relationship, or still experiencing abuse from a previous relationship (for example, co-parenting with an ex-partner). Contact: 206-861-3159.

King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office: The mission of the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (PAO) is to do justice. We exercise the power given to us by the people with fairness and humility. We serve our diverse community, support victims and families, and hold individuals accountable. We develop innovative and collaborative solutions for King County and the State of Washington. King County PAO commits to treating victims with fairness and respect by acknowledging victim agency, and autonomy, while working towards a criminal justice system that better values and respects victim voices. Contact: 206-477-1200.

King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC): KCSARC is an independent nonprofit serving survivors and their families throughout King County and engaging communities in building a world without sexual assault. KCSARC’s long history as a trusted and expert resource gives us the experience and expertise to empower survivors, change attitudes, shape statewide policy, remove barriers, and hold systems accountable. Contact: English 425-226-5062, Spanish 425-282-0324.

Mother Africa: Mother Africa focuses on innovative, community-led approaches to helping women and their families on the path to their highest potential. Since 2013, we have listened to the needs of our community through direct outreach and grassroots programming. Contact: 253-277-7625, info@motherafrica.org.

Mother Nation: Mother Nation delivers social and cultural healing services for Native women that nurture, create stability, and inspire growth through sisterhood. We provide cultural healing circles, homeless prevention, mentorship, workshops, and training to transform the journey of Native women into natural leadership and restore the cultural strength of Native people in the world. Contact: 206-722-2321, info@mothernation.org.

Multi-Communities: Individualized Advocacy Based Counseling and group support, safety planning, as well as other services for victims/survivors. Contact: 206-937-7155, multicommunities@hotmail.com.

Muslimahs Against Abuse Center: Empowers and educates girls women of color to overcome their past trauma and live successful lives through Muslimahs Peace Circles, Teen Awareness Sessions, and Sister Support Groups. Contact: 206 434-5658, info@ma-ac.org.

New Beginnings: New Beginnings empowers survivors and mobilizes community awareness and action to end domestic violence. Services include a 24-hour helpline, behavioral health support, one on one support, housing, legal help, support groups, and youth services. Contact: 206-522-9472, info@newbegin.org.

The Northwest Network of LGBT Survivors of Abuse: Advocacy-based counseling and community education (safety and support planning, basic legal advocacy, resources and referrals) for queer & trans survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, domestic violence, hate violence, stalking and harassment. Contact: 206-568-7777, Info@nwnetwork.org.

Peace in the Home Helpline: The Seattle Human Services Department, in partnership with a collaborative of community-based agencies, has supported an innovative toll-free hotline for limited-English proficient victims of domestic violence that provides single-line access to domestic violence services and information in 14 languages. Contact: 888-847-7205.

Refuge Women’s Alliance: Through providing social services, advocacy and family law legal services, ReWA has empowered thousands of women to recover from violence and live healthy lives that are full of possibility. Services include mental health counseling and consultation, comprehensive support in 17 languages, family law services, support groups for refugees and immigrants, community education and outreach, referrals to community resources for survivors, and more. Contact: 206-721-3846, DVInformation@rewa.org

Salvation Army: The Salvation Army Domestic Violence Programs in Seattle provide assistance to all gender individuals and families surviving domestic violence. Our services are unified under a single mission: To address domestic violence through programs that promote safety, healing, and empowerment, with the autonomy of each person as a core value. Our goal is to be respectful and culturally sensitive to all people, so they feel welcome and hopeful for a life free from abuse. Contact: 206-324-4943.

Seattle Indian Health Board: Our gender-based violence (GBV) programming provides confidential services to individuals who are currently fleeing from abusers and those who are survivors of domestic or gender-based violence and are recovering from immense traumas. Contact: 206-324-9360, info@sihb.org.

Solid Ground: Broadview Shelter and Transitional Housing is a safe haven at a secure location for parents and their kids experiencing domestic violence (DV) and homelessness. It’s the only DV shelter in Seattle where a person with children can call directly seeking services without a referral. Using a trauma-informed care model, we provide case management, children’s programs, DV and addictions support groups, parenting classes and housing search assistance. Contact: 206-299-2500, info@solid-ground.org.  

Somali Family Safety Task Force: To empower immigrant and refugee women and their families by providing culturally appropriate services that embody the core values of our community. Contact: 206-659-4755,  info@sfstf.org.

United Territories of Pacific Islanders Alliance (UTOPIA): We are actively replacing systems of oppression with ecosystems of care and safety for all our communities through Black and Brown organizing, prioritizing land and bodily autonomy, and reclaiming our cultural narratives. Services include sex worker empowerment initiative, community and cultural organizing, peer support, basic needs, health and harm reduction, and legal and immigration. Contact: 253-478-3941, mail@utopiawa.org.

YWCA: YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish works to increase wellness and safety in our community through our Health & Safety programs. We are on a mission to connect low-income women and men to accessible health care resources. WCA currently offers the following Health programs and partnerships: Gender-based violence advocacy: Survivors FIRST, Commercial Sexual Exploitation Services, Sexual Assault Services, Children’s Domestic Violence Services, and Domestic Violence Services. Contact: 206-568-7845.