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 calling Skagit DV&SA Services
- Advocates offer a range of services
- What to expect when you arrange shelter services
- What to expect when speaking with legal advocate
- Advocacy services
- Emergency shelter
- Legal advocacy
- 24-hour crisis services
- 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
- 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.
- 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.