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.

total homicides dv homicides

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.

 How To Take Action

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

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.

    partner organizations

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      • WhatcomCountySeal
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      • assets_affiliate-logos_DSHS
      • DVSAS
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      • assets_affiliate-logos_ferndale-school-district
      • assets_affiliate-logos_LHMission
      • assets_affiliate-logos_LummiNation
      • assets_affiliate-logos_Nooksack-Indian-Tribe
      • assets_affiliate-logos_op-council
      • assets_affiliate-logos_Planned-Parenthood
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      • WTA
      • Mt. Baker School District
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      • nwyouth services
      • Blaine School District
      • Noosack Valley School District
      • Unity NW
      • lydia-place
      • st-joseph-hospital-logo
      • wdrs
      • ctk
      • Communities in Schools
      • DOC
      • KPO Counseling
      • NW Justice Project
      • Whatcom Count Library System
      • Whatcom Family and Community Network
      • ymca