Doris O’Neal, Director


Community Advocates
Okesia (Program Manager)




Commercial Sexual Exploitation Advocates
Millie: 206.637.2641


Domestic Violence DSHS Advocate - Seattle
Bridget G: 206.743.7064


Legal Advocate
Maria P: 206.683.8277


Children’s Domestic Violence Advocate


Emergency Shelter




YWCA East Cherry Branch


YWCA South King County Regional Center


Everett Regional Center



YWCA supports the safety of domestic violence survivors in Seattle and South King County through community advocacy programs, support groups, housing assistance, and trainings for service providers.

Services for survivors and victims of domestic violence (DV) include:

  • DV Support Groups
  • Community Advocacy
  • Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Advocacy
  • Children’s DV Advocacy
  • DV Emergency Shelter
  • DV Transitional Housing
  • DV Legal Advocacy (no legal advice or representation)

Community DV Advocacy: this program provides free and confidential services to DV survivors throughout Seattle and King County. Advocates can help with safety planning, referrals to food, clothing, and housing resources, and limited financial assistance.

Spanish-speaking advocates are available. Advocates can be found at DSHS Community Service Offices in Belltown, Capitol Hill, Rainier, North Seattle, Auburn, Kent, and Federal Way. We can meet clients in safe areas.

To be eligible for Community DV Advocacy, you must:

  • Have recently or currently fled a DV situation
  • Live or reside in Seattle or South King County

Children’s DV program: a nationally-recognized model to help children overcome the effects of witnessing domestic violence in the home. In-home counseling is provided for ten weeks for youth who meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • 4- to 18-year-olds who have been affected by domestic violence
  • Live in Seattle or South King County, currently in a safe home

Services are free and provided in clients' homes. Hours are 9:00 am - 5 pm, Monday-Friday. Evenings as needed. Located at YWCA South King Regional Center and Everett Regional Center.

Staff works with families to provide ten weeks program sessions which includes the following areas

  • Strengthening parent child relationships
  • Safety planning
  • Expanding support networks
  • Providing domestic violence education
  • Decreasing self-blame
  • Developing conflict resolution skills
  • Providing post separation advocacy

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Emergency Shelter: confidential emergency shelters are available to victims of domestic violence and their families; please call the DV Emergency Shelter Hotline: 206.461.4882. All other housing services are provided by agency referral only, including rapid rehousing and transitional housing programs.

This shelter location is for women and children only. We are a multi-racial, multi-ethnic shelter and have residents here from a variety of cultures, races, religions and sexual orientations. We welcome female survivors as well as transgender & gender non-conforming persons. We provide supportive services to male & male identified survivors, however, we cannot house male & male identified survivors at this facility. Staff can provide hotel/motel vouchers and other housing assistance.


Our advocates offer weekly support groups for DV survivors and victims, including specialized groups for African American and Spanish-speaking women. All meetings locations are confidential; please contact us for more information.

African American DV Support Group
Mondays, 6 – 8 p.m. (Seattle) 206.375.1078

Spanish-Speaking DV Support Group
Fridays, 10 – 11 a.m. (Kent) 206.799.6209

General DV Support Group
1st and 3rd Mondays, 1 – 2:30 p.m. (Covington) 206.375.1078
Thursdays, Noon – 1:30 p.m. (Federal Way) 206.375.1078

Women of Color Support Group
Thursday, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. (South King County) 206.794.3547


Hope & Power for Your Personal Finances: ten-week class helps DV survivors become financially independent and covers topics such from budgeting and bank accounts, to credit reports and legal issues. Workshops are offered in English and Spanish. To enroll or learn more, contact Jennifer Quiróz (425.264.1408) or Hannah Haag (425.264.1406).

Sexual Violence Legal Services: legal representation and resources to protect the safety, civil rights, and privacy of sexual assault survivors. Call the SVLS Hotline at 844.999.7857 or 206.832.3620 for anonymous, confidential legal information and referrals.