A free, private, safe and confidential service offered by domestic violence advocates at non-profit agencies. Community-based advocates are trained to support people experiencing domestic violence, and to help navigate through different systems.
Community based advocates can help with:
- safety planning
- finding housing or shelter
- legal help and legal advocacy
- financial support
- eviction prevention
- support groups and emotional support
- counseling for you and your children
- education and job training
- applying for TANF
- medical and dental care
- assistance with immigration issues
- other additional resources
- exploring options
Housing, shelter and flexible financial assistance
Finding housing in our region can take time because shelter space and affordable housing are quite limited. Domestic violence programs have access to funds to help prevent eviction for people who are already housed, and to get people re-housed. When you call the DVHopeline, advocates will explore your housing needs, and may walk through a brief housing needs assessment with you. This can take up to 30 minutes.
Because shelter space and affordable housing are quite limited in our community, we can also help you explore other options for your safety.
Programs for domestic violence survivors in King County
These programs serve DV survivors and their children from any community:
Culturally specific programs for domestic violence survivors
These programs in King County serve people experiencing domestic violence who want to get services in the context of their own language and culture, and are staffed by advocates who come from these communities:
- ADWAS: for Deaf, DeafBlind and hard of hearing people
- API Chaya: for South Asian, Asian, Pacific Islander and Native Hawaiian people
- Consejo: Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx people
- Gender Justice League: for trans and gender diverse people
- Jewish Family Services: for Jewish identified people and immigrant people
- Mother Nation: traditional healing for Native American people
- Northwest Network: for LGTBQ+ people
- Refugee Women’s Alliance: for refugee people from 24 different language communities
- Somali Family Safety Task Force: for people from Somalia and other East African countries
- Seattle Indian Health Board: centering urban Native peoples
- YWCA: for Black/African American people
- The DOVE Project: for individuals residing on Vashon Island
Support for Teens
- Healthy Relationship Quiz :https://www.loveisrespect.org/quiz/is-your-relationship-healthy/?%3E
- Crushin' It - New Beginnings website with relationship tools, tips and quizzes for teens
- Lambert House: programs to empower LGBTQ+ youth
- Youthcare: program for youth experiencing homelessness
- Youth Eastside Services: behavioral health services for children and youth
Legal Resources for domestic violence survivors
- The Eastide Legal Assistance Project provides free legal clinics and legal assistance to low income people on the Eastside of King County.
- The King County Bar Association offers free legal clinics and free legal assistance to domestic violence survivors throughout King County.
- The King County Protection Order Advocacy program helps survivors of domestic violence ask the court for a protection order to restrict the person who is abusing them from contacting or harming them.
- The NW Immigrants Rights Project can assist survivors with immigration issues.
- The Sexual Violence Law Center provides legal representation and advocacy to survivors of sexual violence who live in Washington State.
- Find out about getting a confidential address for protection from an abusive partner.
Meeting Immediate Needs
We can help you find resources for immediate assistance with food, diapers, formula and supplies for your kids from:
- Community fridges and pantries where you can get meals at no cost
- Food banks around King County
- Diapers and formula and supplies for your babies and children, and other resources
- Free health/income based health clinics