Bellingham-Whatcom County Commission on Sexual & Domestic Violence


“I would like to live in a society where I can talk openly about what happened to me.”


Venn diagram of the three primary goals of the Commission: Transform systems; Connect institutions stakeholders, and communities; Foster safety, well-being, and justice for survivor.

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.

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transforming systems

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

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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

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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.

Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Services (DVSAS)

24-Hour Helpline: (360) 715-1563Walk-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.

Lummi Victims of Crime (LVOC)

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.

Consultation and Sexual Assault Support (CASAS)

(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.

The NW Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian, and Gay Survivors of Abuse

(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.


Transformational ideas move forward through collective power.
— Angela Glover Blackwell, researcher and activist