DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ADVOCACY
YWCA supports the safety of domestic violence survivors in Seattle and South King County through community advocacy programs, support groups, housing assistance, and trainings for service providers.
Services for survivors and victims of domestic violence (DV) include:
- DV Support Groups
- Community Advocacy
- Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Advocacy
- Children’s DV Advocacy
- DV Emergency Shelter
- DV Rapid Rehousing & Transitional Housing
- DV Legal Advocacy (no legal advice or representation)
Our advocates offer weekly support groups for DV survivors and victims, including specialized groups for African American and Spanish-speaking women. All meetings locations are confidential; please contact us for more information.
African American DV Support Group
Mondays, 6 – 8 p.m. (Seattle) 206.375.1078
Spanish-Speaking DV Support Group
Fridays, 10 – 11 a.m. (Kent) 206.799.6209
General DV Support Group
1st and 3rd Mondays, 1 – 2:30 p.m. (Covington) 206.375.1078
Tuesdays, 10 – 11:30 a.m. (Seattle) 206.794.3547
Thursdays, Noon – 1:30 p.m. (Federal Way) 206.375.1078
PROGRAMS & ELIGIBILITY
Community DV Advocacy: this program provides free and confidential services to DV survivors throughout Seattle and King County. Advocates can help with safety planning, referrals to food, clothing, and housing resources, and limited financial assistance.
Bulgarian, Russian, and Spanish-speaking advocates are available. Advocates can be found at DSHS Community Service Offices in Belltown, Capitol Hill, Rainier, North Seattle, Auburn, Kent, and Federal Way. We can meet clients in safe areas.
To be eligible for Community DV Advocacy, you must:
- Have recently or currently fled a DV situation
- Live or reside in Seattle or South King County
Children’s DV program: a nationally-recognized model to help children overcome the effects of witnessing domestic violence in the home. In-home counseling is provided for ten weeks for youth who meet the following eligibility requirements:
- 3- to 18-year-olds who have been affected by domestic violence
- Live in Seattle or South King County, currently in a safe home
Emergency Shelter: confidential emergency shelters are available to victims of domestic violence and their families; please call the DV Emergency Shelter Hotline: 206.461.4882. All other housing services are provided by agency referral only, including rapid rehousing and transitional housing programs.
OTHER SERVICES FROM YWCA
Hope & Power for Your Personal Finances: ten-week class helps DV survivors become financially independent and covers topics such from budgeting and bank accounts, to credit reports and legal issues. Workshops are offered in English and Spanish. To enroll or learn more, contact Jennifer Quiróz (425.264.1408) or Hannah Haag (425.264.1406).
Sexual Violence Legal Services: legal representation and resources to protect the safety, civil rights, and privacy of sexual assault survivors. Call the SVLS Hotline at 206.832.3632 for anonymous, confidential legal information and referrals.