Services

Someone here will listen. Someone here will help.

Whether it happened one time or is continuing to happen. Whether your pain is physical or emotional. Whether it’s you or someone you love. Whether you call it abuse or assault or you just don’t know what to call it. Whether it’s been 20 minutes or 20 years, we’re here to help.

With one-to-one support and advocacy counseling, DVSAS can help you plan for your safety, answer legal questions, connect you with services like housing and counseling, and stand by you as you recover and heal from domestic violence and sexual assault.

24-hour helpline: Advocacy counselors provide support and information through our helpline, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

In-person advocacy counseling sessions: Advocacy counseling is available to clients who want to meet one-on-one. Sessions are available on a walk-in basis and by appointment. Clients may also meet with an advocacy counselor on a regular, ongoing basis.

Safety planning: When a client feels that they or their children are in danger, advocacy counselors can help to assess the situation and create a safety plan. Safety plans can be created during or after an abusive relationship and can include issues such as physical safety, planning to leave, and stalking.

Shelter, medical, and emergency referrals: Because domestic violence and sexual assault can impact many areas of a victim’s life, advocacy counselors make referrals to other service providers when necessary.

Assistance accessing public benefits: An off-site advocacy counselor is housed at the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) to help women affected by domestic violence access public benefits.

Support during medical exams: When an individual undergoes a sexual assault forensic exam at St. Joseph’s Hospital, advocacy counselors are dispatched to support the victim and family/friends through the process. Advocacy counselors also provide support during other exams related to domestic violence or sexual assault and can help victims to access necessary services.

Reporting to law enforcement: If clients decide to report domestic violence or sexual assault to law enforcement, advocacy counselors can help guide them through the process. Law enforcement officers are often able to take reports at the DVSAS office, where clients are able to make the report in a comfortable atmosphere with the support of an advocacy counselor.

Assistance with filing protection orders: Advocacy counselors are available to help clients complete protection order forms, file necessary paperwork, and prepare for court hearings. Assistance is available on a walk-in basis during business hours.

Court preparation and accompaniment: Legal advocates support clients through court processes related to domestic violence and sexual assault, including child custody hearings, trials, and interviews. Support includes preparing clients for court, attending court hearings, post-hearing debriefing, and case management.

Attorney referrals: Advocacy counselors make referrals to appropriate legal resources including attorneys and legal aid when clients are in need of further legal assistance.

Safe Shelter: Safe, confidential shelter is available for individuals and families experiencing immediate danger. Safe Housing Advocates staff the shelter 24 hour a day and provide support and advocacy services to all residents during their stay. A housing case manager can work with survivors to secure transitional or permanent housing.

Housing Case Management: DVSAS partners with Lydia Place to provide housing case management for DVSAS Safe Housing clients.

 

Teen violence prevention programs: Interactive violence prevention programs are offered at local middle schools, high schools, and youth organizations. These programs help teens to understand the dynamics of abusive and healthy relationships, explore consent, and develop confidence in setting boundaries. The Empowerment Project, a three-session curriculum specially designed for ages 13-18, also includes a session from WSCADV: Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s called “In Their Shoes.” You can find more information here.

Professional trainings and education: As a leader in the community, DVSAS provides trainings and education to local business, organizations, and service providers on domestic violence and sexual assault. These trainings are focused on a wide variety of topics, including sexual harassment in the workplace, medical provider trainings, working with victims of violence, and responding to children and teens who have experienced violence.

For more information on how to schedule a training or presentation, please email education@dvsas.org

Meetings are held at DVSAS. Groups are confidential and free of charge. Teen groups and one-on-one support are also available. 

**NEW GROUP**

Parenting After Violence

DVSAS offers a safe, supportive, and caring environment for mothers to explore the challenges of parenting after domestic violence, and how to build healthy, resilient, and safe families. Parenting After Violence is a drop-in group, no registration needed.

  • Mondays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Childcare is provided

Courage Shared: A Group for Male Survivors of Trauma

A safe and confidential place for men to learn about the effects of trauma and to give and receive support. Free to attend and open to anyone identifying as male who has experienced sexual assault or domestic violence, whether recently or in the past.

For more information and to register, call 360-715-1563 or email info@dvsas.org.

New Beginnings Support Group

Support for women currently in or have previously been in an abusive relationship. New Beginnings is a drop-in group, no registration needed.

DVSAS:

  • Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m.
  • Fridays from 10-12 p.m.

DSHS:

  • Wednesdays from 10-12 p.m. **Group held at DSHS, no childcare provided for this group session.

Connections Support Group: Support for adults who have experienced sexual assault/child sexual abuse 

Private group, registration required:

  • 12 week sessions
  • Call 360-715-1563 to register
Family Hours
DVSAS provides onsite childcare for families that need to bring their children with them to the office. You will be asked to fill out a one-time child intake form for any new children.
o Tuesdays 10:00am-1:00pm
o Fridays 10:00am-12:00pm
We are not permitted to allow parents to leave the building while their children are in our care.

Family Services
o Family Hours Tuesdays & Fridays
o Holiday/birthday gift support
o Support at meetings with Child Protective Services and ongoing case management through the duration of your case. This includes going to court with CPS.
o Parenting Plan court support – we can support you at your parenting plan hearing
o Parenting After Violence educational support group – Mondays 6-8pm, DVSAS Support Center
o Children’s Playgroups to accompany our onsite support groups:
–Parenting After Violence (Monday 6-8p)
–New Beginnings (Wednesday 6-8p; Friday 10-12)
–Pláticas Spanish-speaking support group at United Church of Ferndale (Wednesday 6-8p)