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Survivor Advocacy

How We Help

Emotional support

Danger assessment

Safety planning 

Legal help

Education on domestic & sexual violence

Access to English & Spanish bilingual services

Short term emergency shelter

Public assistance support

Reproductive health support 

(pregnancy tests, Plan B, condoms)

To Go Bags

Support for specialized private therapy

Online support groups 

Phones and computers for loan

Referrals to trusted doctors 

Referrals to therapists & social service teams

If you have questions about these services or need help, please call our help line:

(206) 462-0911

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Legal Support & Advocacy

DOVE gives assistance and support to domestic violence and sexual assault survivors as they engage with the legal system.  Most survivors need some form of legal support in the course of their journey.  Many cannot afford to hire a lawyer.

 

Our legal clinic is offered by appointment. 

 

Call to make an appointment for our legal clinic:

(206) 462-0911

As Advocates we are able to join you for filing paper work, and can stand with you when-you speak to the judge, though we can’t speak for you, and if there are court hearings where you may need to be in the same room with the person who had caused harm, we as Advocates can be by your side as a barrier, friendly face and support for processing for what happens next.

The court advocates are also able to be scheduled for hearings, to process information & assistance, stand with you in the courtroom, but not speak for you.  The only people who can speak for you, other than yourself, in court are Lawyers or Attorneys, that you can hire to represent you.

 

As an individual you can file for protection orders and dissolutionment and parenting plans, but we do suggest that you consult with an attorney, though the system is established so that you can, and that we can be with you through the process.

Call to speak with a legal advocate:

(206) 462-0911

This page was developed to inform you about the legal options that may be available to you. None of the information contained in this site is, or is meant to be, legal advice. We don’t guarantee that the information on our site is correct, complete, or recent in nature. And we don’t give an express or implied warranty as to the accuracy of that information.

 

Also, please note that neither this website, nor your visit to it, create an attorney-client relationship between you and any attorney working for DOVE, and just because you read our site, that doesn’t mean that we are your attorneys. Don’t strictly rely on the information we have on our site; it is not intended, nor should you let it, replace the advice of an attorney. Your choice of a lawyer and whether you need legal representation are both very important matters that should not be based on a visit to a website alone.

Prevention Education

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PROMOTING RESPECTFUL, NON-VIOLENT RELATIONSHIPS BY ADDRESSING FACTORS AT THE INDIVIDUAL, RELATIONSHIP, COMMUNITY AND SOCIETAL LEVELS. 

Teen Council

Peer to peer sex education and leadership program that teaches  high school students to be accurate and trustworthy resources for their peers about sexual health and healthy relationships. 

Coaching Boys into Men

A leadership program for male athletes aimed at violence prevention and increase respect for female-identifying peers.   

Sisterhood

In school circles and camps to honor the feminine, empower youth, build connection, and create space for listening, sharing, mentorship and support.

Register for 2022/2023 in school circles HERE!

Athletes as Leaders

A leadership program for female athletes that aims to promote healthy relationships, foster a more positive girl culture, and end sexual violence.

Lunchbox

Primary prevention activities weekly during lunch in middle school.  Topics include healthy relationships, bystander intervention and social justice.

CARE Club

After school program partnering with VashonKids providing inclusive spaces for youth of all gender identities to learn, share, and explore topics related to kindness, self- and community-care.

Planting Seeds

Virtual monthly series for adult family members and caregivers of youth K-2nd grade on how to navigate early conversations about difficult topics.

Growing Together

Linking Families & Teens.  A free, 5-hour weekend workshop designed for teens and their parents to strengthen communication.

If you have questions about these services or need help, please call our help line:

(206) 462-0911

Trauma-Informed Mental Health

 

DOVE's in-house therapist is FREE to the client, with a limited number of sessions and is available to individuals aged 13 and older.

 

The DOVE Project provides limited in-house behavioral health services for anyone struggling with a past or current trauma history. 

 

DOVE therapists focus on providing coordinated, confidential, holistic behavioral health services for residents of Vashon Island. Our therapists work to provide care for the whole person, with specialized Trauma-Focused Therapy that recognizes and emphasizes understanding how the traumatic experience impacts an individual’s mental, behavioral, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. 

 

DOVE therapists help the individual to understand their situation, teach strategies to express themselves, and cope with potentially stressful situations. The therapist can also offer the individual or family tools to help manage difficult feelings, and/or negative thoughts and behaviors.   

If you have questions about these services or need help, please call our help line:

(206) 462-0911

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Community Access to Therapy Vouchers 

 

The Community Access to Therapy behavioural health voucher program provides vouchers with twenty sessions of therapy to community members in need. Our program has a robust list of participating therapists both on and off Vashon Island. Voucher recipients pay a small fee to the therapist directly, and the program covers a larger portion of the cost for each session. Our aim is to make access to behavioural  health services available to our island community, removing barriers that may delay getting help for mental wellness. This short-term therapy resource can make a big difference as clients weather life storms.  

To request a therapy voucher or need more information, please email us

Community Outreach

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COMMUNITY CENTERED OUTREACH PROGRAMS

Our highest priority is to provide person-centered, unbiased advocacy, prevention education and community partnerships with relationship as our focus.

Community Engagement is founded on relationship. We believe that to change our culture to one of inclusion and equity, we need to provide relevant services to direct community needs.

We believe that our community can be one that respects, values, and promotes healthy, nonviolent relationships and communications.

To stop violence, we must dismantle the oppression guided by racism, sexism, classism, ableism. It takes ALL of us to act.

If you have questions about these services,

please call our office line:

(206) 940-6430

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VASHON SAFE

SEXUAL  ASSAULT  FREE  ESTABLISHMENTS

Vashon SAFE is a collective of island bars & restaurants that is promoting a dialogue around alcohol impairment and sexual assault.

 

SAFE is working together to promote an environment of safety in island establishments. SAFE creates educational training to inform staff about drugs and alcohol as it relates to sexual assault.

 

We are working together to create safe plans in the event someone is drugged or overly intoxicated and therefore more susceptible to sexual assault. We are watching. This is the first step of an ongoing process.

 

Contact us for more information on Vashon SAFE events, including bar staff training on sexual assault.

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