BWCCADV – DV Commission

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Committed to ending domestic
violence in Whatcom County.

The Bellingham-Whatcom County Commission Against Domestic Violence (BWCCADV – DV Commission) was created in 1998 by a joint resolution between the City of Bellingham and Whatcom County to provide leadership in the community’s efforts to reduce and prevent domestic violence.

engaging the community

to prevent domestic violence through increasing public consciousness of its impact, local resources, and effective interventions.

promoting best practices

in the community response, with a focus on high risk and high lethality domestic violence.


in the community to address domestic violence as it impacts children and youth.

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Since 2005 the DV Commission has obtained more than
in federal funds for Whatcom County agencies to address domestic violence.
In 2015
there were more than
domestic violence protection orders filed in
Whatcom County.
Whatcom County’s DV High Risk Team is currently monitoring
high risk offenders.
In 2015,
of homeless individuals listed domestic violence as a cause of homelessness.
The DV Commission has trained
Whatcom County professionals about DV related issues in 2014.

20% of U.S. youth ages 13-14 say their friends are victims of physical dating violence.

40% of U.S. youth ages 11 and 12 reports their friends are victims of verbal abuse in relationships.

50% of all homicides in Whatcom County in the last 6 years are due to intimate partner abuse.

91 out of 100 voters believe that living a life free of violence is a right for everyone and that it goes against our values when girls and women are beaten and raped. When this right is violated, we all have a duty to help.

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Whatcom County Homicides:
2010 – 2015

take action


Day 1

Be a part of 31 Days of Action to end domestic abuse in Whatcom County.  Invite your social networks to “like” the DV Commission on Facebook and follow on Twitter.  Then re-post/re-tweet the DV Commission throughout the month.

Day 2

Invite a friend to attend The Mask You Live In film and panel discussion with you on Friday, October 7.  Find out more about this free event and how to get tickets here.

Day 3

Learn more about domestic abuse in Whatcom County.  Go to

Day 4

Educate yourself and your friends on what abuse looks like; go to to learn more.

Day 5

Is my Relationship Healthy? Find out by taking the quiz now.

Day 6

Read and share the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence blog post about how preparing your children to confront abuse is like a fire drill.

Day 7

Attend the screening and discussion of The Mask You Live In at the United Church of Ferndale, 2034 Washington Street, 6:30 pm.

Day 8

Invite a friend out to coffee/tea to have a conversation with someone about The Mask You Live In film and panel discussion; talk about what your learned, what you felt inspired to change, and/or what challenged you.

Day 9

Ask your faith leader to share a message about domestic abuse.  For ideas and examples, check out the DV Commission’s new resource, Responding to Domestic Violence: A Toolkit for Faith Communities in Whatcom County.

Day 10

Make a date with someone you love of any age to talk to them about healthy relationships; use WSCADV’s resource cards – How’s Your Relationship? Chat about love with those you love.

Day 11

Watch the See It and Stop It video about Teen Dating Violence.  Then share it with a young person in your life.

Day 12

Ask your place of employment to implement a personnel policy specific to domestic violence. Check out the DV Commission’s adaptable DV in the Workplace Template.

Day 13

Read and share the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence blog post about having good talks with your children.

Day 14

Are you a good partner? Take the quiz to find out.

Day 15

A lot of abuse isn’t physical. Read the article What It Feels Like to Be the Victim of Emotional Abuse?

Day 16

Have you ever wondered, Why doesn’t the victim just leave? Watch the TED Talk by Leslie Morgan Steiner to find out.  Then share it with people you know have asked themselves the same question.

Day 17

Ask your child’s coach to implement Coaching Boys into Men, which equips coaches with tools to help young athletes build respectful relationships.

Day 18

Take the Cool Not Cool quiz to find out if you know how much texting is too much texting in a relationship.  Share the quiz with young people in your life.

Day 20

Read and share the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence blog post about. the importance of choosing to do something to end domestic violence.

Day 21

Check out WSCADV’s Love Like This series that takes typical situations that occur in relationships and give examples of how to deal with them in healthy ways.

Day 22

Have you ever wanted to help a friend in an abusive relationship? Take the How Would You Help Quiz at to see how ready you are.

Day 23

Ask your spiritual community to pray for/meditate on healthy relationships and an end to domestic violence.

Day 24

Watch It’s Up to Us to Listen from the No More Campaign, and then share it with a friend.

Day 25

Set a time to talk with someone who you think might be abusive to help them notice their behaviors; use WSCADV’s resource cards – How’s Your Relationship? Conversations with someone about their abusive behaviors.

Day 26

Check out the Ferndale School District’s Response Protocol for relationship abuse and sexual assault, and ask your child’s school to adopt it as their protocol, too.

Day 27

Read and then share WSCADV’s blog.

Day 28

Attend Restoring from the Roots Up: The Lummi Victims of Crime Domestic Violence Conference – the only culturally specific DV training offered in Whatcom County. The conference is from 8:00am – 4:30pm at the Lummi Gateway Center; it is free of charge, and lunch is included.

Day 29

Play the relationship games and take the quizzes at  Share them with a young person in your life.

Day 30

Listen to Act One: I Can Explain, a real story about adolescent relationship abuse, from the  What’s Going On In There episode of the This American Life podcast.

Day 31

Donate your time, money, or goods to an agency that is helping to end abuse in our community.

It is morally impossible to remain neutral in this conflict. The bystander is forced to take sides.
It is very tempting to take the side of the perpetrator. All the perpetrator asks is that the bystander do nothing. They appeal to the universal desire to see, hear, and speak no evil. The victim, on the contrary, asks the bystander to share the burden of pain. The victim demands action, engagement, and remembering. – Judith Lewis Herman

More ideas and activities that can help prevent domestic violence are available here.

 How To Take Action

Get ready for Domestic Violence Action Month by following the DV Commission on Facebook and Twitter.


The Mask You Live In

Join the DV Commission for a film screening and panel discussion of The Mask You Live In.

Friday October 7 at 6:30pm
United Church of Ferndale
2034 Washington Street

find help

If you or someone you know is experiencing
domestic violence, please call

Domestic Violence and
Sexual Assault Services (DVSAS)

24 hour help line

877.715.1563 | 360.715.1563

Lummi Victims
of Crime

24 hour help line


Nooksack Tribe
DV Program

24 hour help line


A more comprehensive list of organizations that can help are available here.


Local leadership, local innovation

The goal of every project at the DV Commission is to provide leadership in our community’s efforts to end domestic violence. Our projects will always support:

* community safe from physical, emotional, and sexual violence

* victim safety and offender accountability

* holistic community based solutions

* cultural competency and relevancy


The DV Commission provides a wide variety of documents and assets that provide insight into local DV issues and solutions.

A complete listing of these resources are available here.

New and Noteworthy


DV in the Workplace Policy and Procedures

172.17 KB | updated: July 24, 2015

Strategic Plan 2015-2018

634.74 KB | updated: July 23, 2015

Ferndale School District Response Protocol

5.97 MB | updated: July 23, 2015


    The DV Commission partners with local agencies, government institutions, and individuals to achieve best practices in the community response to and prevention of domestic violence. We provide community-wide education campaigns, project implementation, resources, and professional training.

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