Domestic Violence and Child Custody

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Courts as a tool for abuse

Often people believe that when a parent leaves an abusive relationship they will gain primary custody of the children; however, many family courts don’t consider a history of domestic violence as grounds for denying the abuser partial or full custody. Survivors often face an uphill battle for custody. And abusers are more likely than non-abusers to challenge custody ruling. 70% of the time abusers succeed in getting partial or full custody. Continue reading “Domestic Violence and Child Custody”

Team Up Washington

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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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Survivors Face Challenges Voting

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privacy at the ballot box

Survivors of domestic violence often go to great lengths to keep themselves safe. For some, that means choosing between privacy and convenience.

For one Washington state survivor, the struggle to keep her address private meant giving up voting. KUOW spoke with LifeWire’s executive director, Rachel Krinsky, about the challenges survivors like her face when trying to vote.

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425 Magazine | A Call for Help

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A Call for Help
By Lauren Foster | 425 Magazine
https://425magazine.com/making-change-giving/

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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