When we opened our doors in 1982 as Eastside Domestic Violence Program (EDVP), we were the first agency to directly serve survivors in East and North King County. Today, LifeWire is Washington state’s largest domestic violence organization and a nationally recognized leader in the field. Since 1982, we have helped over 141,000 survivors break free from abuse, find safety, heal, and create a stable home for themselves and their children.
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 advocate for 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 truly respond to survivors’ unique barriers, challenges and goals.
Even though she’d left him, Amira’s abuser kept coming back. He forced and intimidated his way into the home that Amira shared with their five-year-old daughter Hana. Learn how Amira’s advocate helped her build a safer, more stable life.
We prevent family homelessness
At LifeWire, we believe that no survivor should have to choose between staying in an abusive relationship and becoming homeless. That’s why we’ve developed a wide range of services that are uniquely designed to keep domestic violence survivors and their families off the streets and in safe and stable housing.
Renata was both relieved and afraid to learn her husband was behind bars. She felt safe, but knew that wouldn’t last. He could be released at any time. Find out how access to safer, stable housing has empowered Renata.
We mobilize social change
LifeWire educates thousands of community members each year about the impact of domestic violence. Our community engagement and prevention efforts target local schools and colleges. Through these partnerships, we educate students on how to identify domestic violence and build healthy relationships.
Bailey seemed tentative when she approached the LifeWire advocate. The sophomore health class had just finished an hour and a half training on domestic and teen dating violence. Working in pairs, the students acted out different dating scenarios designed to teach them how to recognize the warning signs of unhealthy relationships. Read on to learn how that training helped Bailey with her own relationship.