Committed to ending domestic
violence in Whatcom County.
The Bellingham-Whatcom County Commission Against Domestic Violence (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.
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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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.
take action to prevent
Ask your child’s school to create specific
guidelines around dating abuse.
Adaptable resources and examples can be found here.
In 2015, the Ferndale School District adopted an easy-to-use, effective protocol for responding to dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
Tell us how you took action to end domestic violence.
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
24 hour help line
24 hour help line
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:
a current list of current DV commission projects can be found here.
Our Gender Revolution
A full day of activities and fun for teens to join together to promote gender equality and end gender-based violence.
Whatcom County teens are coming together to start a revolution: Our Gender Revolution! Join a team from your high school or middle school and see how you can make a difference to a friend, in your school, and in your community. Click on the link below to learn more.
With Impunity | Men & Gender Violence
With Impunity | Men & Gender Violence is an Emmy® nominated documentary that engages the thinking of leading historians, sociologists and practitioners to examine our past, cultural realities and options for ending gender-based violence.
Click on the link below to purchase tickets.
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
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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.