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We are currently at capacity and unable to accept new clients. We will reassess staff capacity and resume intakes as soon as possible. Our apologies for the inconvenience. Please find a local DV program by visiting WSCADV below.

Washington Domestic Violence Programs

Project DVORA
Domestic Violence Services

Project DVORA works with survivors of gender-based violence, including domestic violence and sexual assault. 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).

Our program also strives to guide and empower the community in responding to gender-based violence. We offer prevention programs and trainings to local schools, rabbis, and other community leaders. If you are interested in a prevention program tailored to your setting, please click the Get Help button below to get connected with our staff.

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What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence, or gender-based violence, is a pattern of behavior that one person in a relationship uses to gain power and control over the other. Abuse is not caused by anger, mental health problems, alcohol or other drugs, or other common excuses. It is caused by one person’s belief that they have the right to control their partner. Learn more about power and control by visiting National Domestic Violence Hotline’s site.

Most people assume that domestic violence is only physical abuse, but domestic violence can include financial abuse, social isolation, manipulation, emotional abuse or other forms of control. See National Domestic Violence Hotline’s site for more help in identifying abuse.

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Domestic Violence Advocacy

Domestic violence advocacy is a form of support based on what you need to feel safe and stable. A domestic violence advocate can help you navigate the challenges of being in a current or past abusive relationship.

Advocacy comes in many forms: It might include identifying strategies to increase your safety. Or it might involve support in navigating systems. For example, your advocate can help you apply for unemployment or Social Security income. Advocacy might include housing support, whether that’s assistance in applying to subsidized housing or help with finding an affordable apartment (JFS does not have our own shelters or transitional living programs).

Your advocate will support you based on what you identify as your next steps towards safety and stability. For more information, please see FAQ for Survivors below.

Support Groups

Support groups are facilitated by advocates and therapists. They provide a space where you can learn more about domestic violence, learn coping strategies for trauma, and connect with others who may have had similar experiences. We offer quarterly, time-limited support groups on different topics. If you are interested in a support group, please click the Get Help button below.

Please note that support groups are not meant for one-on-one therapy sessions, so if you are seeking one-on-one counseling, individual therapy through our Counseling & Addiction Services department may better fit your needs.

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Legal Support

Our advocates can help you navigate the legal system. Some examples of what we can help with include:

  • Explaining the process of trying to obtain a Domestic Violence Protection Order
  • Safety planning around whether to request a Domestic Violence Protection Order
  • Joining you for court hearings for ongoing civil or criminal cases (advocates cannot provide legal representation or legal advice)
  • Our team includes an attorney who can offer services ranging from a one-time consultation to full representation around civil legal aid, family law issues, and more. Due to the high volume of requests, our attorney’s capacity is limited. While some clients receive full representation from the attorney, most receive support in the form of legal advocacy (through working with an advocate).

Intake Process

If you are interested in working with an advocate, please click the Get Help button below. Our intake coordinator will complete an assessment with you to ensure that we are available to offer services that are helpful to you. If we are unable to offer you support, we will do our best to connect you with other community resources.

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FAQ for Survivors

FAQ for Community Members, Friends & Family Members

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  • Safety Tips
    • Talk with friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, rabbis or lay leaders. Let them know what’s happening and brainstorm ways they might be able to help.
    • If possible, have a phone accessible at all times and know what numbers to call for help. Know where the nearest public phone is located. Know the phone number to your local 24-hour domestic violence hotline. If your life is in danger, call the police.
    • Plan the easiest escape. Decide on a door or window to exit quickly and safely.
    • Teach your children how to get help. Instruct them not to get involved in the violence between you and your partner. Plan a code word to signal to them that they should get help or leave the house and go to a neighbor.
    • Practice how to get out safely with your children.
    • Make a habit of backing the car into the driveway and keeping it fueled. Keep the driver’s door unlocked and others locked, for a quick escape.
    • Move away from the kitchen, bathroom or any place where there are dangerous or sharp objects.
    • Try not to wear scarves or long jewelry that could be used to strangle you.
    • Create several plausible reasons for leaving the house at different times of the day or night.
    • Make a plan for times when you are at work. You may want to speak with your employer about changing work locations or hours, or alerting security or reception staff to your situation.
    • Prepare an emergency bag. Put together a bag that includes money, copies of house and car keys, medicine, and copies of important papers such as birth certificates, social security cards, immigration documents, marriage certificate, court orders, and health insurance information. The bag can also include extra clothes, important phone numbers, or other things you need if you have to leave your home in a hurry. If you prepare an emergency bag, have a place in mind where you can safely keep it such as at the home of a trusted friend or family member.
    • Tell your children that violence is never right, even when someone they love is being violent. Tell them that neither you, nor they, are at fault or are the cause of the violence, and that when anyone is being violent, it is important to stay safe.

     

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  • Am I In An Abusive Relationship?

    Does my partner…

    • Regularly criticize, shout or call me names?
    • Withhold approval or affection as a form of punishment?
    • Throw objects near or at me?
    • Humiliate me in private or public?
    • Dismiss hurtful comments as jokes?
    • Display irrational jealousy or accuse me of imagined affairs?
    • Isolate me from family and friends?
    • Control where I go?
    • Control my access to money?
    • Abandon me in strange places?
    • Ridicule or insult my most valued beliefs or religion?
    • Ridicule or insult my race, class or sexual orientation?
    • Threaten to commit suicide if I leave?
    • Threaten to hurt someone I love (i.e. family, friends, pets etc.)?
    • Hold me against my will, push me or lock me out of my house?
    • Destroy my personal belongings?
    • Punch, shove, slap, bite, kick, burn, choke, hit or force/pressure me to have sex?

     

    If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, Project DVORA is here to help.

     

    Get Help (206) 861-3159

Upcoming Events

Virtual Youth Mental Health First Aid (FULL)
October 27 at 9:00 am

Survivor Support Group
November 2 at 11:00 am

Virtual Mental Health First Aid (FULL)
November 3 at 9:00 am

Survivor Support Group
November 9 at 11:00 am

Survivor Support Group
November 16 at 11:00 am

Virtual Youth Mental Health First Aid
November 17 at 9:00 am

Survivor Support Group
November 23 at 11:00 am

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