Our Impact

When Amy first came to LifeWire, she and her two daughters were facing eviction. Amy’s abusive partner had left her with no money, and she had nowhere else to turn. When Amy reached out to LifeWire, she was assisted with Housing Stability Program funds and she and her daughters avoided becoming homeless. Thanks to your support, Amy and her daughters are now safe, stable and thriving.

Mother and two daughters, relaxing at home

Since we opened our doors in 1982, LifeWire has served more than 136,000 domestic violence survivors — survivors like Amy and her daughters — across King County.

Last year alone, we:

  • Served 4,767 survivors of domestic violence.
  • Answered 11,050 calls to our 24-Hour Helpline.
  • Delivered one-on-one advocacy to 857 individuals.
  • Provided safe confidential shelter and housing services to 256 individuals.
  • Educated and trained 10,740 members of the community.
  • Served 95 adults and 203 children through weekly support groups.

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.

Daughter giving her mother a hugA staggering 100% of families experience increased safety as a result of our advocacy and support.

96% of families helped by our Housing Stability Program have remained stably housed after six months.

In 2016, 3,089 teens were taught about domestic violence, healthy relationship skills and how to break the cycle of violence in their homes and communities.

And we’re not stopping there.

Girl smiling with her friend behind herFrom 2013 to 2014, we saw a 112% increase in the number of kids and teens who participated in LifeWire’s support groups. To meet this increased demand, we’ve expanded our staff and enhanced our programs to serve more youth, more effectively.

Through a recent $480,000, three-year grant from the King County Housing Authority, we are able to help many more families obtain safe and stable housing and avoid homelessness altogether.

Studies have shown that school-based prevention programs result in decreased teen dating violence. We’re focused on increasing our outreach to local middle and high schools to reach 75% more teens with our innovative social change curriculum.

2016 Annual Report

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