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Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WSCADV) Charity Code CFD# 0316196

Domestic violence is 100% preventable. However, the reality today is that one out of every four women and one out of every nine men in the U.S. will experience physical abuse, sexual violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. The stress, financial challenges, and stay at home orders brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic can significantly escalate an abusive situation. When people are isolated from friends, family, and community, it can give an abusive person a tremendous amount of power and control. The ability to track and monitor someone is intensified at the same time their partner’s access to resources and support are shrinking. The economic impacts of the pandemic are both an immediate concern as well as a long-term issue for people experiencing domestic violence. When someone has limited access to money and housing, they have fewer options to find safety and independence from an abusive partner.

Through creative, innovative approaches, the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WSCADV) has created safe, effective, and promising solutions in these difficult times. Two examples are Domestic Violence Housing First and our Friends & Family Guide: How to Help Someone in an Abusive Relationship (in English and Spanish).

Domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness for women and children. WSCADV is creating pathways to permanent, safe, and stable housing for people experiencing abuse. Our Domestic Violence Housing First approach focuses on getting survivors and their children into stable housing as quickly as possible, or helping them keep the home they already have, and then providing the necessary support as they rebuild their lives.

Our Friends & Family Guide is an example of how WSCADV is helping our community stay connected, even when we have to physically distance. Research conducted by our Domestic Violence Fatality Review found that friends and family are often the first line of support for victims and their children. We are giving these “first responders” the tools and support they need to play that critical role.

WSCADV is leading changes within the domestic violence field to benefit survivors of abuse and their children. With your support, WSCADV will continue improving how communities respond to domestic violence and creating a social intolerance for abuse. Thank you for joining us in working towards a world where all people can live and love without fear.

CFD Charity Code #0316196

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