Everyone deserves to live a life
free from fear and violence.
Everyone deserves to
live a life free from fear
LifeWire’s 2022 Impact
Report to our generous
donors and supportive
In this annual report,
we share with you the
powerful impact of
LifeWire’s work, and
stories about the
strength and courage
of the domestic violence
survivors we serve
LIFEWIRE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Sabrina Quarles Coleman
Eli Lilly & Company
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Overlake Medical Center & Clinics
Gerontological Clinical Social Worker
The Boeing Company
When survivors and families in our community face violence and abuse at the hands of someone they love, they turn to LifeWire for help. In 1982, LifeWire started out as Eastside Domestic Violence Program, an all-volunteer crisis line. In 1998, we began providing emergency shelter and transitional housing services, and we have increased capacity annually to meet the growing need for critical services in our community.
Today, we are celebrating 40 Years of Service—providing direct services to over 3,300 survivors annually. We are the most comprehensive domestic violence (DV) service agency in Washington State and the largest DV housing provider in King
County—providing emergency and relocation services for survivors and their children who would otherwise have to remain in an abusive household or become homeless.
Domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness for women and children in the nation. LifeWire launched the Hope Starts Here Capital Campaign in 2018 to address this issue. Thanks to LifeWire’s generous donors and supportive community, we completed the Campaign in May 2022, having raised $15.75M to purchase a 25-unit apartment complex, provide ADA-accessible apartments, and build a services office in one central location.
This fall, we will move homeless survivors and their families into their new apartments, creating a vibrant community with on-site services and easy access to transportation, schools, and additional resources. We will increase housing access for survivors and children in our community who are facing the greatest safety risks and highest barriers to safe housing.
We have made great strides, but there is still more work to be done. As we recover from COVID-19 and economic uncertainty, the need for LifeWire services continues to grow in numbers and intensity. Time and time again, we have faced the need for change head-on, and embraced the opportunity to be a leader in the
mission to end domestic violence.
This year, LifeWire is transitioning to new leadership who will continue to move this incredible organization forward. We are committed to providing every possible resource to ensure the safety, security, and well-being of the survivors we serve.
Thank you for all the ways you help LifeWire! Through your generosity, LifeWire can provide the support and resources that survivors and their children need to build safer, more stable lives. Thank you!
LifeWire is a nationally recognized leader
and the largest comprehensive service
provider dedicated to preventing and
ending domestic violence in Washington.
Our innovative programs, services, and
advances in prevention and education
in our schools and communities have a
We partner with each survivor on their
journey to regain renewed strength and
empowerment. We listen to survivors
describe their needs and help them
identify resources that will enable them to
build safer lives. By tailoring our support
to each survivor, we can respond to their
unique barriers, challenges, and goals.
Responding to COVID-19
Responding to COVID-19
The need for our services quickly grew during the pandemic, both in numbers and intensity. We experienced exponential increases in requests for housing and food assistance, as well as safety planning, legal help, and mental health therapy.
The pandemic forced abusers, survivors, and children into extended close contact, increasing the likelihood and severity of violence. Survivors who had already left abusive partners found it harder to stay safe and struggled to maintain their economic stability.
Thanks to creative planning, technology, and the dedication of our staff, LifeWire quickly adjusted in March 2020 to keep our shelters open and offer all other services virtually. To meet emerging needs, we expanded critical and emergency services.
We kept a skeleton staff at our shelters and continued to accept new families as shelter space became available. Thanks to new safety measures, and a little luck, there weren’t any confirmed COVID-19 cases in our shelters. Advocates became deeply creative to meet the new challenges:
- Communicating with survivors through safe words and secure emails when an abusive partner was almost always home
- Purchasing necessities online for families with health concerns so they didn’t have to venture out for diapers, wipes, or medicine
- Using promissory letters and landlord education to help survivors relocate
- Virtually accompanying survivors through court proceedings
- Helping participants purchase phones, computers or other technology needed to access services
We anticipate that the effects of the pandemic in terms of home displacement, rental arrears, legal backlogs, trauma, mental health concerns and other immediate survivor needs will continue for 2-3 years after Washington state reopens. For survivors, this crisis is far from over