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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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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:
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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.
Learn more about domestic abuse in Whatcom County. Go to dvcommission.org.
Is my Relationship Healthy? Find out by taking the quiz now.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Watch the See It and Stop It video about Teen Dating Violence. Then share it with a young person in your life.
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.
Read and share the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence blog post about having good talks with your children.
Are you a good partner? Take the quiz to find out.
A lot of abuse isn’t physical. Read the article What It Feels Like to Be the Victim of Emotional Abuse?
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.
Ask your child’s coach to implement Coaching Boys into Men, which equips coaches with tools to help young athletes build respectful relationships.
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.
Read and share the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence blog post about. the importance of choosing to do something to end domestic violence.
Ask your spiritual community to pray for/meditate on healthy relationships and an end to domestic violence.
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.
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.
Read and then share WSCADV’s blog.
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.
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.
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:
* 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.
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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.