Working together for gender equity and social justice in King County.

Our members represent over 40 diverse agencies and individuals in King County, WA. By uniting our efforts to end gender-based violence, we expand our reach and our impact.

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Gender-based violence refers to acts of intimidation, control, coercion, and physical and sexual violence that are rooted in strict gender roles and inequity. No one of any gender, race, or age is immune to the harm caused by this form of violence. It is happening in your community. It is happening to people you know – and it often intersects with other forms of oppression, like racial and economic injustice.

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We believe that strengthening communication between our members and building relationships with public officials and community leaders is critical to the success of our shared work to end gender-based violence in King County. Our organization amplifies individual and group efforts and leads regional initiatives that:

  • Support the needs of survivors
  • Demand accountability and change from people who commit acts of gender-based violence
  • Increase the efficiency and responsiveness of institutions and programs
  • Provide training and technical support to allied organizations
  • Mobilize the community to challenge social and cultural standards that perpetuate inequity, rigid gender roles, and the abuse of power
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Taking effective action requires an understanding of the issue of gender-based violence, knowing how to talk about it with others, and having access to resources to mobilize the community. Everyone can make a difference, and we are here to support your involvement on any level!

  • EXPLORE the many tools and resources on our site
  • SPEAK OUT when you see disrespectful, coercive, or violent behavior
  • LISTEN to survivors of gender-based violence. Let them tell their stories without judging them
  • OFFER support and options to survivors rather than advice
  • TALK to your elected officials about increasing resources for programs that help survivors and prevent gender-based violence. Listening to you is part of their job
  • JOIN the Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence! A chorus of dedicated voices commands attention
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News & Action

Community Job Posting: Legal Advocate – The DoVE Project

The DoVE Project is seeking a part-Time Legal Advocate. The Legal Advocate provides direct services to victims of domestic violence on Vashon Island. The Legal Advocate’s direct service responsibilities include providing support, information, and advocacy to victims of domestic violence including assistance with restraining orders, civil, criminal, and other court matters, and legal referrals. The […]

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Community Job Posting: Housing Case Manager (Graveshift) – Solid Ground

Solid Ground’s Broadview Emergency Shelter & Transitional Housing Program is seeking a Graveshift Housing Case Manager. The Housing Case Manager provides advocacy based counseling and case management services including assessment, information and referral and goal setting and is responsible for cooperative case planning and coordination of services for residents. To see the full job posting […]

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October 1, 2016
  • An Evening of Promise, 20th Annual Benefit Auction and Gala - DAWN

    October 1, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Hyatt Regency Bellevue, 900 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004, USA

    Save the date!
    Dinner, Silent and Live Auction, Raffles, Wine Toss and Photo Booth

    All proceeds from the evening will benefit DAWN, whose mission is to lead and support efforts in south King County communities to end domestic violence.

    We will be sending a registration link towards the end of July to purchase tickets. We look forward to a wonderful evening of promise with you.

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October 13, 2016
  • Shop Talk: Family Law Survival Kit: Tipping the scales in favor of survivors

    October 13, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    The 2100 Building, 2100 24th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144, USA

    Family Law Survival Kit: Tipping the scales in favor of survivors

    It is all too common for perpetrators of domestic violence to emotionally harm their partners and then to use the depression, anxiety, trauma, etc. that they caused as justification for taking away survivors’ children. Too often survivors have to navigate a complex family law process without legal representation and without support.

    The Domestic Violence and Mental Health Collaboration Project created Family Law Toolkits for advocates, attorneys, mental health service providers, and survivors. These tools enable survivors of domestic violence, particularly those with mental health concerns, to access the information, resources, and support they need to navigate the family law system successfully, and to protect themselves and their children from further harm.

    During this interactive shop talk, we will introduce the Family Law Toolkits, and discuss why they are needed, and how to utilize them to support survivors.

    Please note that this is an extended version of the workshop we are presenting at the Seattle Domestic Violence Symposium and at the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence Conference. This shop talk will focus primarily on how advocates can utilize the Family Law Toolkits.


    Alison L. Iser, Project Manager, Domestic Violence and Mental Health Collaboration Project, Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence

    Natasha Willson, Legal Advocate, LifeWire

    Susie Winston, Director of Child and Family Services, Sound Mental Health

    Register here:

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November 9, 2016
  • The Heart of the Matter: Cognitive Capacity and Abuse of Elders and Adults with Disabilities - King County Prosecuting Attorney

    November 9, 2016
    Criminal Justice Training Center, 19010 1st Avenue South, Burien, WA 98148, USA

    The Heart of the Matter: Cognitive Capacity
    and Abuse of Elders and Adults with Disabilities

    Washington State's 13th Annual Conference

    Harry Morgan, M.D., President of The Center for Geriatric and Family Psychiatry, Inc.; Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Connecticut Health Center
    Keynote Address: Decisional Capacity - A View from the Field

    Scott Modell, Ph.D., Deputy Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
    Keynote Address: Individuals with Disabilities and Crime Victimization

    James Hendrix, Ph.D., Director, Global Science Initiatives, Alzheimer's Association
    Breakout Session: Alzheimer's and Dementia: What is the Latest in Research and What Does This Mean for Elder Abuse?

    Kristoffer Rhoads, Ph.D., Clinical Neuropsychologist, Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, University of Washington School of Medicine, Memory and Brain Wellness Center at Harborview
    Breakout Session: Cognition, Competency, and Capacity

    Merea Bentrott, Ph.D., Executive Officer, Iowa Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman
    Breakout Session: Sex, Love, and the Laws of Intimacy: Diminished Cognitive Capacity and Sexual Consent

    Registration will open in September

    Registration fee is $90.00

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