Founded in 1976, New Beginnings envisions a world free from all forms of violence and oppression. Our mission is to empower survivors and mobilize community awareness and action to end domestic violence. We are the only full-service agency in Seattle whose primary mission is to serve domestic violence survivors. Each year, around 500 survivors and their children access our trauma-informed and survivor-centered advocacy services. We also provide crisis support, safety planning, information, and referrals through our 24-hour Helpline, which receives 6,000 or more calls annually. Through emotional support, legal advocacy, parenting supports, mental health counseling, housing, and direct emergency assistance, our services create access to coping strategies, safety options, social support networks and resources that can be life changing—and lifesaving.
Survivors of domestic violence experience toxic levels of trauma and stress, which can weaken immune systems and make them more susceptible to chronic health conditions. COVID-19 has escalated risks as survivors face the isolation of the stay-at-home orders. Survivors living in unsafe homes have less time away from their abusive partners. Additionally, domestic violence is the leading cause of homelessness in Washington State for women and children, who often face disproportionate barriers to housing. A grant from 100 Women Seattle will enable us to continue making the following impacts for survivors and their families: individual support and advocacy; children’s services; legal advocacy; support groups; family law and protection order legal clinics; a Technology Enabled Coercive Control (TECC) clinic; mental health therapy; financial assistance for survivors who face unexpected emergencies; safe refuge for survivors and their families in our 17 apartments, with ongoing support and rental assistance when they move into new homes; plus crucial information, referrals, and support during the thousands of calls to our 24-hour Helpline.