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Need help? Please call our 24/7 Domestic Violence crisis line at 206-324-4943.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICES

Community Advocacy Program

The Salvation Army Community Advocacy Program was implemented in 1998 to complete the continuum of domestic violence services. The program has two goals – to provide outreach to the majority of victims who are either unable or unwilling to enter a shelter; and, to raise awareness in our community about domestic violence. This program also provides legal advocacy to domestic violence clients.

The Community Advocacy Program is designed to meet survivors' needs at any stage in the abusive relationship. Individuals who are involved in an abusive situation can work with our advocates to develop a personalized safety plan – to increase safety while in the relationship, or, if he/she decides to leave, to minimize the danger.

Our office also works with individuals who have had domestic violence issues in the past and need support. We are a multi-service agency and can address many needs within our building, including assistance with food, utilities, move-in costs, and emergency motel vouchers. And, the Community Advocacy Program offers legal advocacy to assist survivors in understanding options in various legal matters related to the domestic violence that he/she has experienced. Please note, our legal advocates are not attorneys, and cannot provide legal advice.

Community Education and Outreach

The Salvation Army recognizes that preventing domestic violence is as important as responding to it. Educating the community about domestic violence is a key component of domestic violence prevention.

 

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTERS

The Salvation Army Domestic Violence Services, based in King County, provide assistance to families whose lives have been affected by domestic abuse. Our services are unified under a single mission: To address domestic violence through programs that promote safety, healing, and empowerment, with autonomy of each person as a core value. Our goal is to be respectful and culturally sensitive to all people so they feel welcome and hopeful for a life free from abuse.

To check for space in our shelter, or to talk with a DV advocate, please call 206-324-4943. Our crisis line operators are advocates with extensive domestic violence training, and can assist in a variety of ways. Even if you are not experiencing an immediate DV crisis, our advocates are available to provide confidential and anonymous emotional support, safety planning, and referrals to helpful community resources. If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

Catherine Booth House

Catherine Booth House is a safe, confidential emergency shelter for victims who are being actively pursued by their abusive partner. For these individuals, accessing confidential shelter can mean the difference between life and death.

Opened in 1976, Catherine Booth House is a fully furnished, secured, 12-unit apartment complex with 24/7 staffing where each person or family has their own unit. The shelter provides a healing atmosphere where survivors can gain inner strength, and each person can have time and space to explore options for continuing safety. Services are provided in a culturally sensitive setting that respects survivors’ choices and supports families of all backgrounds.

Trained in advocacy-based counseling, the first priority of our advocates is to help families with basic needs such as food, clothing, hygiene, and medical supplies, etc. Next, advocates work collaboratively with each client to identify support needs and resources, create a safety plan, and provide domestic violence education.

Catherine Booth House also provides children’s programming. Our in-house children’s advocates provide therapeutic and educational children’s activities, parenting help, and advocacy to access appropriate children’s services in the community.

Families and individuals can stay at Catherine Booth House up to three months, depending on individual circumstances.

Hickman House

Hickman House is a safe, confidential emergency shelter for families and individuals who are survivors of domestic violence. Clients come from our Catherine Booth House shelter, and from other area domestic violence shelters and programs.

Hickman House opened 1988 as the first transitional housing program for domestic violence survivors in the State of Washington. It provides additional time, support, and resources after emergency shelter, giving survivors the opportunity to establish economic independence and build their social support networks while working toward self-sufficiency.

Hickman House is fully furnished, secured, ten-unit apartment complex. Families and individuals can stay up to 24 months. The cost to stay at Hickman House is 30% of the client’s income, to cover rent and program fees, and help the client establish credit for future housing. The program includes many services:

• Safety planning and individual supportive counseling
• Domestic violence and parenting support groups
• Referrals to helpful community resources
• Children's advocacy and support groups
• Legal advocacy
• Affordable housing referrals, information, and advocacy

Applicants interested in Hickman House need a referral from an emergency shelter and/or another domestic violence program. Self-referrals are not accepted. Referring agencies are notified when we have an opening, and invited to submit applications. Applications are submitted and reviewed, and interviews are conducted with potential candidates. If you are a service provider inquiring about being added to our referral list, please call 206-932-5341.