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Who We Are
Skagit DVSAS is a 501(c)(3) private, non-profit organization located in Mount Vernon, WA, serving Skagit County since 1979. We are the recognized provider of domestic violence and sexual assault services in Skagit County.
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.
Services are free and confidential.
We provide 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. Find out more about our services here.
Who We Serve
We provide 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.
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 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.
Skagit DVSAS believes in the empowerment of victims/ survivors 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.