Survivors Face Challenges Voting

Four Women Holding Vote Signs

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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October is Domestic Violence Action Month

October is Domestic Violence Action Month. Take Action. Get Involved. Make a difference.

Domestic Violence Action Month (DVAM) launched nationwide in 1987 as a way to connect and unite individuals and organizations working to end domestic violence. Over the last three decades, we have made significant progress by bringing the issue of domestic violence out of the shadows and working towards a society where everyone is free from abuse. There is much left to do.

Safe and healthy families are the key to ensuring safe and vibrant communities. We each have the power to change our culture of violence to one of kindness and compassion through words and our actions.

Join us this October for a month of action and awareness.


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An abusive husband, three kids and no place to go

An abusive husband, three kids and no place to go. That’s what Bryan told LifeWire’s Helpline staff when he called. Because many local domestic violence shelters don’t have places where men can comfortably stay, Bryan and his three children were facing homelessness.

Domestic violence survivors can face many challenges when leaving an abusive partner: homelessness, financial instability and the continued threat of violence.
LGBTQ survivors may experience other barriers to help. Gay men and transgender individuals may not be welcomed or comfortable at female only domestic violence shelters. Survivors may also have legal concerns about custody if they have non-biological children. 

When Bryan came to LifeWire, he and his family moved into our Emergency Shelter, My Sister’s Home, right away. Because of the unique setup of our shelter, the family was admitted without any problems. For the first time in a long time, the family feels welcome and safe.