The little money Rebecca had left each month after paying rent was just enough to keep food on the table and gas in the car. So when it finally came time to serve divorce papers to her abusive husband – papers that would dissolve their tumultuous marriage and allow Rebecca to gain full custody of their young daughter – she couldn’t afford it. Paying the legal fees meant falling short on rent, and she wasn’t willing to risk homelessness for herself and her daughter. So she called LifeWire.
Using flexible funds that allow us to pay for any expense that may prevent a family from remaining in safe and stable housing – LifeWire was able to pay Rebecca’s legal fees. And in turn, Rebecca was able to pay rent and avoid eviction.
Since we opened our doors in 1982, LifeWire has served more than 141,000 domestic violence survivors — survivors like Rebecca and her daughter — across King County.
Last year alone, we:
- Answered 10,348 calls on the 24-Hour Helpline
- Served 4,850 survivors of domestic violence
- Provided 229 families with Homelessness and Housing Stability Services
- Helped 1,001 people with Advocacy Services
- Assisted survivors and families with 842 hours of legal advocacy
- Educated 13,607 community members and 3,078 students about domestic and dating violence
But to us, success and impact aren’t just measured in bed nights provided or calls answered. Success is measured by:
- How safe and independent a survivor feels after leaving an abusive partner.
- The hearts and minds we change through education and training.
- The long-term stability of a family after their lives have been uprooted by violence.
100% of families experience increased safety as a result of our advocacy and support.
90% of families helped with our flexible housing services have remained safely and stably housed after one year.
In 2017, 3,078 students were taught about domestic violence, healthy relationship skills and how to break the cycle of violence in their homes and communities.