“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
More than half a century ago, Dr. King wrote those words in his famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” Today we honor his memory and strive to continue his work.
At LifeWire, we know that to reach our mission of ending domestic violence we must achieve justice for all survivors, especially for those who face the greatest barriers. And we know that achieving justice for survivors means moving beyond providing shelter and support.
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.
During October’s Domestic Violence Action Month, LifeWire’s Executive Director, Rachel Krinsky, and domestic violence survivor, Becky, were interviewed for Hubbard Radio Seattle’s Public Affairs Show with Gary Shipe.
The segment aired on Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22 across four local radio stations: KKNW 1150 AM, KIXI 880 AM, KQMV Movin’ 92.5 FM, and KVRQ Rock 98.9 FM.
Calls for assistance from survivors seeking help dealing with or leaving domestic violence situations is on the rise in King County.
LifeWire is the largest provider of assistance to survivors in the state and focuses on rendering assistance in the county.
According to data provided by the organization, it received 30 percent more calls on its free helpline in 2016 compared to the previous year, and the number of children it has served has increased by 500 percent between 2009 and 2016.