About DVSAS

The mission of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services is to support individuals affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and commercial sexual exploitation and to lead the community towards ending these abuses of power.

No matter what their circumstances, every person deserves to feel safe, supported and heard. When we talk about individuals affected by domestic violence or sexual assault, we’re talking about every one of us. When 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced violence at the hands of an intimate partner, each and every life has been affected by partner violence or sexual assault.

Whether it’s you, a loved one, a co-worker or a friend, someone you know needs help. And so, DVSAS is there.

DVSAS envisions a safe, equitable community, free from the oppressions that lead to gender-based violence, where all individuals feel valued and respected.
Serving individuals throughout Whatcom County, DVSAS is a volunteer-driven 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to heal victims and end domestic violence and sexual assault. With client-centered, accessible housing and support services, DVSAS empowers victims and survivors while offering safe housing and the possibility of a new life.

Our commitment is to provide the full spectrum of support and services that victims need after the trauma of partner violence or sexual assault, while also offering prevention education to break the cycle of violence once and for all.

Through important collaborations with law enforcement, local school districts and countless community members and organizations that are active participants in this work, we are building a world where every survivor has the support they deserve and there is a future free of domestic violence and sexual assault.

We believe all people have the right to be free from physical, emotional and sexual abuse.

We believe personal empowerment is essential to an individual’s growth and healing.

We believe it is individuals who choose to abuse and that individuals are responsible for their behavior.

We believe all people have the right to be in a safe, non-violent community.

We believe community-based solutions are essential to ending violence.

We believe volunteers empower the community to help and care for itself.

We believe in a world free of violence. And we believe that with your help, we can get there.