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Domestic Violence Shelter
We offer safe, confidential, short-term housing for survivors of domestic violence at our 13-room emergency shelter. Our shelter is for individuals and families experiencing intimate partner abuse who are in high risk of danger from their abuser and who need to escape into a safe confidential setting. The shelter offers trauma informed comprehensive advocacy and support focused on safety planning, stable housing, and acquiring the necessary resources so that individuals and families can live free of domestic violence. When there is an opening, an advocate will screen the survivor by phone. As openings happen at various times, we do not have a waitlist. To see if there is an opening for you and your family, please call our support line at 425-656-7867
Mobile Community Advocacy
Our trauma-informed mobile advocates are able to meet with individuals in a safe location anywhere in South King County, reducing the barrier of access by not requiring them to come to our offices for services. Advocates work in partnership with survivors to address a variety of needs including: on-going safety planning, support with shelter and housing search, information and access to resources, legal information and support, and support/programs for their children. Services are individualized to meet the unique needs of each person and they are provided through the lens of trauma-informed care. Our advocates speak English, Spanish, Ibo, Swahili, Russian, and Bulgarian, and we access interpretation to provide services in other languages as needed. Please call our support line at 425-656-7867 to be connected with the appropriate advocate.
Mental Health Programs
DAWN offers short-term, one-on-one mental health support for survivors of domestic violence. Our on-site therapist understands the dynamics of abuse and the impacts on survivors, and partners with advocates to get clients the support services they need. To begin the referral process, please call our support line at 425-656-7867 to be connected with the appropriate advocate.
Dawn offers multiple confidential support groups for our clients facilitated by mental health professionals and/or advocates. Groups are offered throughout the South King County community as a way to break down barriers of isolation and to provide a caring atmosphere and forum to discuss the impacts of domestic violence on individuals, families, and the community.
For more information about dates, times and locations for these groups, please call our support line at 425-656-7867 to be connected with the appropriate advocate.
Legal advocates provide information and support in regards to criminal and/or civil legal matters. While they are not attorneys and cannot represent you in court, they can help navigate the legal system and provide support and accompaniment through processes such as protection orders, divorce proceedings and parenting plans. DAWN partners with Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) to provide an attorney working on-site at our offices for clients referred through DAWN. Free legal clinics and referrals to other free or low-cost attorneys are also available. To reach a Legal Advocate please call the referral line at 253-893-1630.
Immigrant Survivor Advocacy
DAWN provides an advocate who is specially trained in the specific needs of immigrant survivors of abuse, to help lessen the additional barriers immigrants face in getting safe and accessing resources and support. Our advocate can support survivors with VAWA and the U-Visa processes. To reach our Immigrant Survivor Advocate please call 253-569-6664.
DAWN offers trauma-informed children’s programming, services, and advocacy for families through an in-home curriculum-based program for families. We offer on-going support for the non-abusive parent and their children to lessen the impacts of experiencing domestic violence. The program objectives include individualized safety planning, conflict resolution skills building, anger education, emotional coaching and on-going advocacy. To access this program, please contact our children’s advocate at: 253-569-6629.
In addition, DAWN partners with Sound Mental Health through the Children’s Domestic Violence Response Team (CDVRT) to connect children and their non-abusive parent with individual mental health counseling and resources. This trauma-informed and empowerment-based service is provided by a team of professionals using a wrap-around model to offer integrated advocacy and mental health services, led by the survivor’s assessment of what is needed for their family. To access this program, please contact the CDVRT Advocate at 253-569-6773.
Youth Prevention Advocacy
This program is designed to prevent intimate partner violence in the community. Our Prevention Advocate works with groups like schools, faith institutions, sports teams, and other organizations to create and implement material related to helping youth develop healthy relationships. If you would like to bring this work to your community, please call our support line at 425-656-7867 to be connected with the appropriate advocate.
TANF CSO Advocacy
Domestic violence advocates are available at every DSHS (Department of Social and Health Services) CSO office in Washington State. DAWN Advocates are co-located within TANF offices at the White Center and Renton offices to provide easily accessible advocacy and systems support to survivors accessing the public benefits/welfare system. Advocates can help survivors create a Family Violence Service Plan to meet their WorkFirst participation requirements, provide support with Good Cause of child support, and help with Time-Limit Extensions due to family violence. To reach the advocate at the Renton CSO please call 253-569-6811. To reach the advocate at the White Center CSO, please call 253-569-6702.