Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

LifeWire stands against the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Manuel Ellis, as well as the countless others killed by police and perpetuated by systemic racial inequality in the United States. For over 400 years, Black and Brown mothers, fathers, children, brothers, and sisters have been victimized by inequity built into the very foundation of many American institutions.

As a DV organization, LifeWire knows that Black people have a disproportionate experience of violence across our communities. A staggering forty percent of Black women will face domestic violence in their lifetimes. They’re also two and a half times more likely to be murdered by men than their white counterparts.

Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) face interconnected barriers in education, housing, job opportunities, and police brutality. Barriers faced by Black people stem from a long history of power structures, policies, and laws that favor White people, and these systems are harming all communities. When we come together as one community, with one voice, we have the power to inspire change and support a better future for all survivors.

Building a Safer World Together

LifeWire envisions a world in which every person lives in a safe environment, free from oppression and with the opportunity to thrive. Building a safer world means speaking out against the racial disparities inherent in our justice, housing, healthcare, education, and other systems.

Right now, people in our community and across the country are finally acknowledging racial justice is important. Together, we have an opportunity to begin having dialogue and healing.

We invite you to join our staff in learning about the history of racism and oppression in our country by reading one or more books from our Anti-Oppression reading list. White staff members also recently read and discussed this article on being an ally.

Ending violence against women and girls cannot happen until every person is treated with respect and dignity.

LifeWire’s COVID-19 Update

All of us at LifeWire hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe during this health crisis. We want to share an update about how our services and our survivors are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

LifeWire continues to serve survivors

Thanks to creative planning, technology, and the dedication of our staff, LifeWire is able to offer all of our existing services. Advocates and therapists meet with participants regularly by video or phone, and our support groups have moved online. Our shelter operates with limited on-site staff, and our helpline is staffed around the clock.

The need for our services during the COVID-19 pandemic is growing. We have seen an increase in the number of requests for food and housing assistance, as well as safety planning, legal help, and mental health therapy.

Team Up Washington

Team Up Washington Logo in front of a soccer field
We are excited to announce the launch of Team Up Washington, a partnership between LifeWire, Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress. The new initiative uses sports as a platform to prevent violence by empowering student athletes to be leaders at their high schools and in their communities.

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425 Magazine | A Call for Help

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A Call for Help
By Lauren Foster | 425 Magazine

Connie Ellis always gets a little nervous when LifeWire’s phone rings. As a volunteer, she works the Bellevue organization’s helpline for survivors of domestic violence. The calls that come in can range from a woman fleeing an abusive husband and in need of a new place to hide to a mother overwhelmed with shame and looking for someone to talk to. Ellis is that person.

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