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: Project Coordinator – King County Alliance for Human Services

The King County Alliance for Human Services is seeking a Project Coordinator who will help Alliance participants implement the organization’s work plan as well as lead the coordination of all organizing and advocacy efforts. This is a part-time position averaging 20 hours per week. It is the intention of the Alliance to work with the Coordinator […]

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Community Job Posting: Domestic Violence Children’s Advocate – YWCA

The YWCA is seeking a Domestic Violence Children’s Advocate who is a tireless advocate for survivors of domestic violence; is passionate about racial, economic, and gender justice; has experience working with children & youth facing high barriers; and is looking to join a dynamic team of social service providers committed to serving our community’s most […]

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October 23, 2017
  • Phone Bank in support of the Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy

    October 23, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence, 1419 S Jackson St # 103, Seattle, WA 98144, USA

    To register and learn more visit

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November 3, 2017
  • Membership Meeting: Firearms

    November 3, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
    YWCA East Cherry Branch, 2820 E Cherry St, Seattle, WA 98122, USA

    There will be socializing for the first half hour. The meeting will start at 9:30 am.

    Firearms and domestic violence are a lethal pair. When abusers have access to guns we know that survivors and the greater community are at risk. Survivors are fives time more likely to be murdered if there are guns in the home, and research shows that prohibiting abusers from possessing or purchasing firearms reduces the risk of survivor homicides. Join us to learn about exiting local and national efforts underway to address the intersections of DV and gun violence.

    Sabath Huttle and Thresea Phillips, King County's new DV Firearms Surrender Coordinators, will come to share local efforts to decrease the risk to survivors and increase firearms surrender in King County. They discuss changes in local and national laws that address increased lethality, the regional task force which was convened to improve implementation of state laws, and specific steps that advocates can take to help with the coordination of firearms surrender.

    Cathy Munsen, the Coalition Manager for the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, will share information about the creation of Disarm Domestic Violence, the first comprehensive website about domestic violence protective order enforcements and firearm surrender. The website will be a collaboration between the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, the National Coalition and Dos will allow advocates and gun violence prevention activists to research state-specific laws on domestic violence-related protective order firearm removals.

    Register here:

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November 4, 2017
  • 2017 Hope & Justice Auction Gala - ADWAS

    November 4, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Seattle Art Museum, 1300 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA

    This will be a fun-filled evening of philanthropy, which will include
    the announcement of the 2017 Marilyn J. Smith Inspirational Award winner,
    and a multi-course meal catered by TASTE.


    This ticket level will pay for the cost of entry and dinner.
    In addition, Patrons will receive a Swag Bag and a drink ticket for the cash bar.


    This ticket level will pay for the cost of entry and dinner.

    To purchase your tickets, or to donate to ADWAS, please visit this link:

    We look forward to a wonderful evening with you!

    For DeafBlind access, please submit accommodation requests
    to by October 13th.

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November 6, 2017
  • Measuring Your Organization's Capacity to Serve Survivors with Disabilities - WCSAP

    November 6, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

    This webinar will provide an overview of the performance indicators, a first-of-its-kind comprehensive tool to track and improve the capacity of organizations to serve survivors with disabilities. Presenters will discuss how the performance indicator system was developed, what the system measures, and how the system can be used. There will also be an opportunity for questions about how to use the system in your organization.

    Register here:

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November 17, 2017
  • Anti-Oppression Institute on Black Women and Sexual Violence - WCSAP

    November 17, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Radisson Hotel Seattle Airport, 18118 International Blvd, Seattle, WA 98188, USA

    Black women’s sexual victimization has occurred in a unique sociohistorical context. Accordingly, I will (1) Provide a historical overview of sexual assault and how it shapes the contemporary experiences of Black women; (2) Discuss the characteristics of Black rape survivors and the environments in which the assaults occur; (3) Identify risk factors that make Black women vulnerable to sexual assault; (4) Review physical and health consequences of rape; (5) Offer culturally sensitive treatment strategies; and (6) Share resources on this topic.

    Register here:

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November 28, 2017
  • Advocacy for Rookies! - WSCADV

    November 28, 2017 @ 1:00 pm-November 29, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
    Lacey Community Center, 6729 Pacific Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98503, USA

    Advocacy for Rookies is a fast-paced two-day course for brand-new advocates, with facilitators Mette Earlywine and Tyra Lindquist. The Rookies experience includes on-line courses and a follow-up webinar. It's a whole package!

    Whether you volunteer or are paid, you work in a shelter or a community office, you do system-based advocacy or community organizing for prevention, if you are new to this work, this training is for you.

    We'll cover:

    Understanding DV dynamics
    Survivor-centered advocacy
    Practical day-to-day skills
    Trauma-informed practice
    and much more

    Register here:

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December 7, 2017
  • Multidimensional Advocacy: Working at the Intersections of Domestic Violence and Behavioral Health Shop Talk

    December 7, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
    Green River College-Kent Campus, 417 Ramsay Way #112, Kent, WA 98032, USA

    The links between domestic violence, substance use, and mental health have been widely established in survivor experience and academic research, and domestic violence and behavioral health service providers are increasingly aware of the importance of working with survivors and each other holistically. This workshop will feature innovative programs around King County that are addressing the critical intersections of behavioral health and domestic violence, including:

    -Housing and advocacy with survivors of domestic violence in substance use recovery
    -Wraparound mental health and advocacy services for survivors and their children
    -Mental health therapists serving domestic violence survivors within community-based domestic violence programs

    Advocates and therapists from these programs will share the challenges and opportunities they’ve faced in developing and providing their services, as well as lessons and skill-building for all providers who wish to work with domestic violence survivors with behavioral health concerns effectively and sensitively.

    Register here:

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