Founded in 1990 by survivors and their allies, we are a non-profit 501(c)3 network of domestic violence programs. Our membership works tirelessly across the state to help survivors towards safety and freedom. Our work includes visionary leadership, supporting our member programs, and engaging the public to play a role in ending domestic and sexual violence.
The Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence mobilizes our member programs and allies to end domestic violence through advocacy and action for social change.
We are working to create a world where all people can live and love freely without fear because living a life free of violence is a basic human right. Our Theory of Change is a visual representation of the future we are trying to create, and the paths we are following to achieve the changes we seek. To learn more, please check out our Theory of Change Frequently Asked Questions.
Principles of Unity
WSCADV was founded with the following principles of unity. These principles guided the forming of the organization and our membership, and have remained a part of our values as our work has evolved.
The Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence affirms the right of each person to live without fear or the threat of violence. We oppose the use of violence as a means of control. We recognize that oppression in the form of racism, sexism, classism, anti-Semitism, ageism, imperialism, heterosexism, and oppression of persons with disabilities, creates a climate of supremacy and ownership which enables domestic and sexual violence. We recognize that religious beliefs and practices are matters of personal conscience and individual choice. Therefore, no member shall promote or discourage a particular religious belief in the course of her/his work. We believe that all women have the right to autonomy and self-determination regarding all sexual and reproductive matters, lifestyles, finances, education and employment. We encourage the leadership of women in making policy and program decisions.