Inspiring & coordinating community efforts to address sexual & domestic violence.
The Bellingham-Whatcom County Commission on Sexual & Domestic Violence, formerly the Commission Against Domestic Violence (DV Commission), was created in 1998 by a joint resolution between the City of Bellingham and Whatcom County to provide leadership in the community’s efforts to reduce and prevent domestic violence. In 2019, the City and County expanded our mission to include addressing sexual violence.
The Commission works with local agencies, government institutions, and community members to achieve change in the systems’ response to sexual and domestic violence by providing resources, support, and technical assistance.
The Commission transforms systems by:
Identifying and promoting policies and practices that increase safety, justice, healing, and accountability
Conducting and leveraging findings from audits, assessments, and fatality reviews
Creating and providing opportunities for education and tools to increase capacity of community professionals to build response and intervention skills
Compiling and sharing research and data to create dialogue and inform decision-making
connecting institutions, stakeholders, & communities
The Commission connects institutions, stakeholders, and communities by:
Hosting engaging meetings with opportunities for learning, collaboration, and implementing meaningful change
Promoting learning opportunities for elected officials and community leaders
Promoting alignment and inclusion of Commission values and efforts within related community initiatives
Nurturing partnerships and solidarity with culturally-specific and grassroots organizations
fostering safety, well-being, & justice for survivors
The Commission fosters safety, justice, and well-being for survivors and communities by:
Identifying and supporting community coordinated response practices that center survivor voices
Seeking and including survivor input and experiences throughout Commission initiatives
Exploring restorative practices and restorative justice as applied to sexual and domestic violence
Supporting effective accountability for offenders, including accessible opportunities for meaningful change
If you need support, there are people who can help.
24-Hour Helpline: (360) 715-1563 • Walk-ins 9am—5pm: 1407 Commercial St. Bellingham, WA 98225
The mission of DVSAS is to support individuals affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, and sexual exploitation and to lead the community towards ending these abuses of power. DVSAS offers a 24-Hour Helpline, walk-in advocacy counseling, support during medical exams, 911 safety planning, legal advocacy, support groups, and safe shelter services.
24-Hour Helpline: (360) 312-2015 • Walk-ins 8am—4:30pm: 2665 Kwina Road Bellingham, WA 98226
LVOC is here to help any adult or adolescent who has been affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, assault & battery, survivor of homicide, child abuse and sexual assault. LVOC offers crisis counseling, on-scene advocacy, safety planning, information & referral, legal advocacy, transportation assistance, domestic violence shelter, teen girls groups, therapy referrals, and traditional healing.
(360) 650-3700 • Western Washington University Old Main 585B
CASAS is available to students of all identities who have experienced any of the following recently or in the past: attempted assault, sexual assault, dating violence, attempted rape, harassment, physical violence, domestic violence, hate crimes, rape, indecent exposure, incest, stalking, molestation, or unwanted touching. CASAS offers emotional support, academic support, emergency leave, assistance with orders of protection, housing services, medical assistance, financial aid services, and assistance with reporting options.
(206) 568-7777 • P.O. Box 18436, Seattle, WA 98118
The NW Network increases our communities’ ability to support the self-determination and safety of bisexual, transgender, lesbian and gay survivors of abuse through education, organizing and advocacy. We work within a broad liberation movement dedicated to social and economic justice, equality and respect for all people and the creation of loving, inclusive and accountable communities.