The year 2020 required all of our energy and creativity to quickly switch all of our in-person trainings and events to digital platforms. We are incredibly grateful to have reached 7,600 advocates, educators, and other helping professionals through our:
- 87 virtual trainings on topics ranging from the economic impacts of COVID-19 on survivors of abuse to legal advocacy and violence prevention in these times.
- First ever completely virtual conference! Our 723 attendees participated in 25 workshops, three keynote addresses, and four days of inspiration, connection, and learning.
- Virtual Team Up Washington events for high school coaches to have the tools they need to mentor student athletes on ending gender-based violence.
We also mobilized to get critical resources distributed to communities and survivors across our state. Our efforts included:
- Getting over 9,000 protective masks in the hands of domestic violence advocates when COVID-19 hit our communities.
- Securing over $1.4 million for emergency financial assistance for survivor households and to keep the doors open at domestic violence programs.
- Evaluating the impact of flexible financial assistance for the 993 families participating in our Domestic Violence Housing First demonstration.
Flexible financial assistance for survivors helped ‘Sonja’ pay an unexpected insurance bill, allowing her to stay current with her rent and continue on her pathway to safety.advocate at a domestic violence program