Everyone deserves to live free from fear and violence. From a safe home, each of us can work, learn, play, and fully contribute to our community. At LifeWire, we help adults, children, and youth who have been impacted by domestic violence build safer and healthier lives by offering support, resources, and professional services. And we work with youth and young adults to develop healthy foundations early in life, preventing future violence.
In 1982, we opened our doors as Eastside Domestic Violence Program (EDVP), providing survivors in east and north King County, Washington with support groups and emergency shelter. Since then, our services have grown to include survivor-driven advocacy, mental health therapy, legal advocacy, shelter, and housing.
Our mission and vision
Our mission is to end domestic violence by changing individual, institutional, and societal beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that perpetuate it. Domestic violence is a human rights issue. LifeWire envisions a world in which every person lives in a safe environment, free from oppression and with the opportunity to thrive.
What we do
LifeWire offers survivor-driven, trauma-informed services, promotes prevention through community-based training and coaching, and leads through pioneering strategies and partnerships.
We support survivors
Our advocates partner with survivors on their individual journeys to gaining renewed strength and empowerment. We listen to survivors as they describe their needs and help them identify resources that will enable them to build safer lives. By tailoring our support to each survivor, we are able to respond to survivors’ unique barriers, challenges, and goals.
Mia escaped violence in her home country only to be forced into an abusive relationship in the U.S. Learn how Mia navigated the immigration and legal systems to build a safer life for herself.
We provide paths to safer housing
At LifeWire, we believe that no survivor should have to choose between staying in an abusive relationship and becoming homeless. Our housing-first programs prioritize getting or keeping survivors housed so they can improve their safety and pursue personal goals.
Layla’s husband controlled her finances and limited her access to friends, family, and a full-time job. Learn how Layla is working towards economic stability in a home of her own.
We promote healthy relationships
LifeWire partners with area high schools and Bellevue College to ensure that young people have the tools they need to identify and build healthy relationships, support each other and family members, and practice leadership that promotes gender equity and challenges violent attitudes and behaviors.
Serena knew firsthand that dating violence could be a problem for young people of all genders. Learn how a presentation at school helped Serena better understand her brother’s experience with an abusive girlfriend.