Get Help Now: Domestic Violence

If you are in a life-threatening situation call 9-1-1 immediately.

To get connected with Domestic Violence services in your area, contact Skagit Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services at 1 (888) 336-9591.

Or call one of these numbers:
(800) 562-6025 — Washington State Domestic Violence Hotline
(800) 799-7233 or (800) 787-3224 (TTY) — The National Domestic Violence Hotline

What to expect when you call Skagit DV&SA Services:

  • Advocacy services
  • Emergency shelter
  • Legal advocacy
  • 24-hour crisis services

Advocates offer a range of services including:

  • A caring heart and listening ear
  • Devising a safety plan for you and your child(ren)
  • Understanding and deciphering your options
  • Helping you fill out paperwork
  • Helping you understand the civil or criminal process
  • Outlining or prioritizing the legal options that are available
  • Informing you about what actually goes on in court
  • Preparing you for a hearing or trial, and giving support before, during and after
  • Accompanying you to court
  • Referring you to low or no-cost lawyers

What to expect when you arrange shelter services:

  • Shelters are free — no fees are charged to stay.
  • Most shelters have shared kitchens, common areas, and bathrooms.
  • If you have children, you will probably all share one bedroom.
  • If you are alone, you may have to share a room.
  • You are responsible for taking care of your own children.
  • Shelters have laundry facilities and supply linens (sheets, towels and blankets).
  • They usually have emergency food, clothing and toiletries available for the first few days of a stay.
  • Shelters can be stressful — this is group living with others who are experiencing tough times.
  • You will be asked to honor the privacy of other residents by not discussing their names or situations with anyone else.
  • Shelters are concerned about everybody's safety, so you may be asked to keep the location a secret.
  • Visitors are generally not allowed.
  • Computers access is available so that you may check your email and access online resources.
  • Free cell phones are available for 911 emergencies.

What to expect when speaking with an advocate about legal issues:

  • Services are offered free of charge.
  • Legal advocates are not attorneys and will be unable to give professional legal counsel.
  • Advocates can refer you to a free or low-cost attorney.