Skagit DVSAS is a 501(c)(3) private, non-profit organization located in Mount Vernon, WA serving Skagit County since 1979.
Skagit DVSAS is the recognized provider of domestic violence and sexual assault services in Skagit County.
Skagit DVSAS provides confidential assistance for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, rape, child sexual abuse, stalking, elder abuse, sexual assault and sexual harassment.
Services include crisis intervention, emergency shelter, advocacy-based counseling, legal, medical and social services advocacy, support groups, children’s advocacy and community education and prevention. All services are confidential and free.
Skagit DVSAS provides services to any victim of domestic violence or sexual assault, recent or past. We also assist family members and friends of those who have been assaulted or abused.
Skagit DVSAS provides advocacy services to the community regardless of age, gender, race, color, religion, culture, national origin, sexual orientation, economic status, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability.
The mission of Skagit Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services is to end domestic violence and sexual assault in our community through empowerment, advocacy, education, awareness and action for social change.
Domestic violence is rooted in, and reinforced by, a societal structure that produces profound inequities in roles, relationships, resources and power distribution in intimate partner relationships. The majority of domestic violence perpetrators are male, while the majority of victims/survivors are female, even though male to male, female to female, and female to male violence does occur in intimate partner relationships.
Domestic violence is conduct that cannot be tolerated. Prevention through education, advocacy and appropriate interventions are essential to provide protection to victims/survivors from further physical and emotional harm. All victims/survivors should be provided safety and must be treated with dignity and respect.
Skagit DVSAS believes that to make informed choices for themselves and their children, victims/survivors must have access to safety, advocacy, information about options, and referrals to helping resources. To carry out their decisions, victims/survivors of domestic violence must be able to obtain support and advocacy that respects and reinforces their autonomy and self-determination.
Interventions that blame the victim and do not hold the abuser accountable for the violence are ineffective, and can result in further harm, including death. Services for victims/survivors of domestic violence and their children shall encourage and advance the empowerment of victims/survivors and seek social change which addresses the existing imbalance of power within abusive relationships.
Skagit DVSAS is a non-profit corporation founded in 1979 and operates with the following philosophies:
- Violence by one person against another is not acceptable, any where, any time.
- Each person has the right to expect physical, emotional and sexual safety.
Services are confidential and free.
Skagit DVSAS believes in the empowerment of women so that they can know:
- They are not alone with violence.
- They are not responsible for the violence committed against them.
- They are entitled to legal, medical, financial and social service resources.
- That any person affected by domestic violence or sexual assault in Skagit County has the right to a support system they can count on.
Skagit DVSAS believes that anti-oppression work is essential to reach the goal of cultural competency. We believe cultural competency is the ability to provide services to representatives of diverse communities in an equitable fashion.
To achieve that goal, Skagit DVSAS believes that as a program, we must address the racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, ableism and other forms of oppression that historically have perpetuated the hierarchal nature of our culture and which we believe to be directly related to the issues of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Skagit DV&SA Services is a member of:
- Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs
- Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates
- National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- The National Center For Victims of Crime
- Skagit County Interagency Work Group on Domestic Violence
Financial support for Skagit DVSAS is received from:
- City of Anacortes
- City of Burlington
- Town of LaConner
- City of Mount Vernon
- City of Sedro-Woolley
- Skagit County
- The Federal Government
- United Way of Skagit County
- Upper Skagit Indian Tribe
- Washington State
- Contributions and grants from foundations, cities, businesses, organizations, and individuals and fundraisers
Thank you for your support.
Skagit DVSAS is a United Way member agency. Thanks to you, it’s working!