Your Rights at Work

New resource! This easy to share poster outlines the workplace protections we have in Washington State for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. It is illegal for an employer to discriminate against people based on their experience of  abuse. This law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations for survivors, like a change in […]

Government Shutdown: Important Information About Food Benefits

As a result of the government shutdown, our state could not issue February benefits for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps) later than January 20th, 2019. This means that most people receiving food benefits have already received the February payment to their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards. Please help us spread the word to […]

Creatures of the Night: Changing After-Hours Staffing

This month’s Good Jobs blog post is by Emilie McLarnan, Assistant Director at Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse. After-hours crisis response is a crucial service we provide to the community. Our agency is a tri-service (domestic violence, sexual assault and crime victims) agency, operating a confidential shelter and straddling state lines. We are fortunate […]

Survey Says!?…

Did you know that WSCADV administered a Wages & Benefits Survey in 2011? I know, I know. Many of you have already seen it. But I often hear from folks who haven’t seen it or did not know about it. So, take a look at the 2011 Wages & Benefits Survey Summary (or refresh your […]

Negotiation: A Magical Solution?

This month’s Good Jobs blog post is by Megan Dorwin, an MSW student at the University of Washington and an intern at WSCADV. I recently attended an event for social workers on wage negotiation. I came to that event to learn how to present myself as a knowledgeable, passionate and dedicated employee package that employers […]

Hiking the Minimum Wage (and Living To Tell About It)

  This month’s post is written by a staff member at a local DV/SA agency who wishes to remain anonymous. My goal in writing is to urge us to critically think about how our efforts at promoting social and economic justice can have unintended consequences.  The State of Washington is considering a minimum wage hike, […]

Self Care

Self-care. It’s a term that has been tossed around a lot in the 13 years I’ve been working in the DV movement, and I’m sure for the decades previous as well. We’ve talked about it with the survivors we worked with, and we’ve encouraged each other to practice it. But what does it mean?  When […]

Our Business

So, this post has been making it’s way around my Facebook circle, so I read it. It’s an open letter by an executive director of a small non profit to his friends in the business community. I think he makes some very interesting points. Take a moment to read it. Go ahead. I’ll wait. OK, […]

Creating Time for Supervision

This week’s post brought to you by guest blogger Sarah Foley, Associate Director of Counseling and Outreach at the YWCA Alternatives to Domestic Violence Program in Spokane, WA.    There is never enough time in the day to complete all the work that needs to be done, including providing supervision to advocates and staff. Many times crisis and […]

Tending to the Nest Egg

Ahhhh, retirement. Visions of schedule-free days, travel with loved ones, working through your bucket list that you’ve carefully crafted over the years. Wouldn’t that be nice? Unfortunately, it’s a word that can strike fear into the hearts of many working in this field. RETIREMENT. See? And for good reason. Many of us are terrified that […]