The role of DVSBF advocates is not to provide intensive therapy, but to provide support and understanding for each victim/survivor’s individual experience. We can provide a listening ear, a hand to hold, or a shoulder to cry on, and be a conduit to other resources and services within the community.
Advocacy is defined by Washington State Administrative Code 388-61A-0220:
“Advocacy” means working with advocate focusing on safety planning, empowerment, and education, while supporting autonomy and self-determination. Advocacy is survivor-centered and uses nonvictim blaming methods that include:
Identifying barriers to, and strategies to enhance, safety, including safety planning.
Clarifying and increasing awareness of the power and control associated with domestic violence and the options one may have to obtain resources while staying safe.
Supporting independent decision-making based on the unique needs and circumstances of each individual.
All DVSBF services are free of charge and confidential.
DVSBF provides services to any victim of domestic violence regardless of immigration status, race, color, religion, disability, pregnancy, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, age, ethnicity, income, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law.