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 136,000 domestic violence survivors — survivors like Rebecca and her daughter — 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.
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 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.
From 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.
With new funding from the Office of Crime Victims Advocacy and the Washington State DSHS, we will add one full-time Legal Advocate and one full-time Mental Health Therapist to our team – allowing us to better meet the increased needs for these services in our community and serve more survivors.
Over the next three years, we will leverage a significant investment from King County’s Best Starts for Kids Youth Development initiative to further develop our domestic violence prevention strategies with local high schools and colleges.