Bellingham-Whatcom County Commission Against Domestic Violence (DV Commission)

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urgent help:

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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.

increasing
capacity

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
$0.83M
in federal funds for Whatcom County agencies to address domestic violence.
In 2013
there were
0
domestic violence protection orders filed in
Whatcom County.
Whatcom County’s DV High Risk Team is currently monitoring
0
high risk offenders.
In 2014 domestic violence was listed as a cause for homelessness by
0
Whatcom County households.
The DV Commission has trained
0
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.

59% 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

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
domestic violence

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.

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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

360.312.2015

Nooksack Tribe
DV Program

24 hour help line

360.592.0135

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

projects

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 community safe from physical, emotional, and sexual violence
  • victim safety and offender accountability
  • holistic community based solutions
  • cultural competency and relevancy

a current list of current DV commission projects can be found here.

events

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.

attend or learn more

With Impunity | Men & Gender Violence
October, 2015

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.

tickets available soon

resources

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.

partner organizations

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