Unfortunately, domestic violence is common and affects people regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, social status, age, etc. Domestic violence is defined as “violent or aggressive behavior within the home, typically involving the violent abuse of a spouse or partner.” While domestic violence situations aren’t something anyone wishes to experience, they happen, and many resources are available for victims. Organizations throughout Washington state offer safe places to live, provide food and clothing for victims and their children, and provide therapy. The State of Washington classifies Domestic Abuse as “any physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or inflicting the fear of physical harm, bodily injury, or assault, between members of the same household or family. It also includes sexual assault by a family member, as well as stalking.” The state also offers protection orders and other resources to hold those guilty of domestic violence responsible. Please keep reading to learn about just a few of the resources in Washington State organized to help victims find relief.
Domestic Violence Order For Protection
A domestic violence order for protection is similar to a restraining order but defined differently. The state of Washington defines it as “a civil order from the court telling the family or household member who threatened or assaulted you not to harm you again.” This protection order is usually temporary and doesn’t include:
- Establishing permanent custody of children.
- Ordering child support or alimony.
- Assigning property to either party.
Domestic violence orders for protection are typically used in emergency cases, while legal matters are organized and put in place. If you feel like this would help your situation, please contact a legal official.
Alternative Housing Options
If you need shelter or a place to go, quite a few options are available throughout Washington.
- Enriched Housing
Enriched housing is used for shorter periods of time. During the stay, domestic violence advocates will help you develop a safety plan and locate a longer-term place to stay.
- Transitional Housing
Many cities in Washington fund “longer-term housing options” that assist victims of domestic violence that cannot find affordable housing. Here, women and children can stay up to two years.
- Hotel Vouchers
Hotel vouchers are typically used for emergency services and can cover just a few days at a hotel or sometimes a few weeks.
Domestic Abuse Women’s Network
The Domestic Abuse Women’s Network is a non-profit organization that offers programs such as confidential housing, extended stays, children’s programs, education, support groups, and more. You can call their 24-hour crisis hotline at 425-656-7867.
SafeChoice Domestic Violence Program
SafeChoice Domestic Violence Program is a program that advocates for, educates, and supports those affected by domestic violence. They offer a 24-hour crisis hotline, 360-695-0501, that provides emotional support, safety planning, and referrals to community services.