Dawn offers a unique healthy relationships class in several schools in King County. The ten-week curriculum includes interactive discussions of peer pressure, healthy relationships, stereotypes, and respecting one another. Taught by a couple, the goal of these classes is to raise awareness and to motivate youth to speak to each other about what it means to have a healthy relationship, romantic or otherwise. Through creating a safe space for transparency and vulnerability, the classes explore in depth how to recognize positive responses to anger and how to communicate with others in a healthy manner. The youth explore how and when to get involved in helping a friend or loved one who is in an abusive relationship and learn some practical interventions and how to find resources. By the end of the 10 week session, the students have some real-life skills to rely on for recognizing, forming and experiencing healthy relationships. In many classes we actually get to help students get out of unhealthy relationship they are currently involved in. They are able to articulate their experiences and become aware of unhealthy behaviors and identify warning signs within abusive relational patterns. The students increase their awareness around these unhealthy patterns in their family upbringing, cultural and societal norms.
We are excited to present the new face of the Domestic Abuse Women’s Network (Dawn.) More than just a new look, we are celebrating a new Dawn.
Our professional services continue to provide survivors of domestic violence access to advocates to assist with safety planning, resource development, legal support and other services. Dawn is also changing up the conversation about family violence by inviting everyone to engage in ways both big and small to help build a community that is safer for all. Please check out this new program, Green Dot Dawn, and let us know how you’d like to be involved. We hope everyone will join us as we rise up for domestic peace.
New Look, New Website, Same Critical Services
Please check out our new look at http://www.dawnrising.org. Our new look underscores our renewed commitment to those impacted by domestic abuse as well as working toward more peaceful communities.
A Note from Peg Coleman, Executive Director, Dawn
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
What does it mean to be aware of domestic violence? I have learned that to be aware of violence in the home, I need to be aware and care about violence anywhere in the community. I believe that by setting the bar at zero tolerance for violence , abuse or harm means that I have to be willing to step up and be a part of the solution.
Violence isn’t something that happens to them, or over there, and it doesn’t start with a fist or a gun. Bulling, gossip, harshness of words controlling behaviors, shaming, isolating, marginalizing these are all precursors to violence.
Setting aside October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month for me has become a time to recognize and honor all those who rise each day to support victims and end harm. It is a reminder to renew my commitment for peace for everyone in our community.
Green Dot Dawn
Dawn is proud to present Green Dot Dawn, training for everyone in the community to understand, recognize, and learn more about what to do when witnessing interpersonal violence. Anytime a violent act occurs, a red dot appears. Our goal is to reduce those red dots by surrounding them with green dots. Green dots appear anytime we act or behave in a way that promotes safety for our community. Dawn wants to engage leaders, community groups, and individuals to learn more about Green Dot Dawn. Please contact us to learn how you can participate.
Thank you to all of you who participated in Kent Downtown Partnership’s Hawktoberfest! So many of you stopped by to learn about Green Dot Dawn and to make your personal commitment to a peaceful community. It’s easy to do and makes a big difference! Here are some we collected. What will yours be?
The Center for Peaceful Communities
Imagine a community where peaceful interactions are the norm and you helped make it so. Now imagine a center where you can meet like-minded people who share your desire and skills to maintain peace.
To extend our reach with Green Dot Dawn, bringing information, skills and ultimately, greater peace to South King County, Dawn is completing the renovation of their new building in downtown Kent to become the Dawn Center for Peaceful Communities. The Center welcomes you, fellow professionals, community leaders, and neighbors to learn more about what it means to fill our community with green dots, greatly reducing the incidence and severity of violence.
Dawn has just $400,000 left to complete the project. Your gift of any size is a green dot for peace. To make your gift, please go to http://www.dawnrising.org/donate. For more information please contact us.
An Evening of Promise… An Evening in Paris
If you missed this year’s annual auction and gala on October 1, you missed a lot! The event, held at the Bellevue Hyatt Regency, raised over $170,000 to support Dawn’s critical services. Generous bids and outright gifts to An Evening of Promise save lives every day. We are grateful to all who participated. If you couldn’t join us but would still like to make a difference, it’s not too late. We welcome your support.
Please join us in thanking Jennifer Davis, Board Member and Auction Chair, and committee members Jessica Meeds, Elizabeth Horen, Darcy Fisher, Melissa Birdsall, and Caryn Austin, for their hard work, can-do spirit, and incredible creativity. If you would like to participate in Dawn events, please contact us to learn more.
Domestic Violence Institute is Back!
Dawn’s DV Institute offers trainings aimed at providing professionals, volunteers and community partners with the information they need to advocate for survivors of domestic violence. Guided by principles of trauma-informed advocacy, each session offers content and skills-based curriculum so we can all reduce violence in our community. Dawn’s DV Institute meets Washington state requirements for DV advocates’ continuing education. DV Institute is offered in the spring and fall. The next Domestic Violence Institute is scheduled for:
November 1-Dec 8
Trainings are Tuesdays and Thursday from 5:30-8:30 pm, with no classes during Thanksgiving Week.
Location: Golden Steer Restaurant
23826 104th Ave SE, Kent, WA 98031
Want to make a peaceful difference in your community…
…Consider becoming a volunteer with Dawn. Opportunities include
answering the 24 Hour Advocacy & Crisis Line
caring for the children while moms are in support groups
helping spread the word at various community fairs
assisting with events
assisting with office and administrative tasks
Learn more here
Thank You for making the 20th Annual Evening of Promise Auction Gala an evening to remember. We are grateful to our sponsors, guests and generous bidders. Dawn extends a very special thank you to our talented Auction Planning Committee.
Jennifer Davis, Board Member and Auction Chair
(Home page photo by Mike Nakamura)
Fun for the whole family! 100% of the money raise goes to DAWN! So many wonderful items up for raffle this year.
- Overnight accommodations at Seattle Waterfront Marriott
- Signed Seattle Seahawks football by Richard Sherman
- Signed WSU football by head coach, Mike Leach
- A weeks stay at any WorldMark Resort
- Argosy Cruise
- And More!
When: Saturday October 29th, at 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Where: Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Ave S, Tukwila
Dawn Center for Peaceful Communities
Dawn is leading a new community conversation — one that stands for domestic peace!
We know how to bring about more peaceful communities with Green Dot Dawn, our bystander education program that engages each of us in the work of ending violence and creating safer communities.
Far too much violence is reported each day and it is time for us to rise up for peace – but we can’t do it alone. That is why we are asking for your support to build a training facility inside our new home in downtown Kent. The training facility will educate community groups and individuals who want to learn how they can help bring about more peaceful communities
The campaign, begun in February 2016 with the purchase of the new facility, totals $1,400,000. We have just $400,000 remaining to reach our goal and create this welcoming and game-changing facility.
Your financial contribution to this project will ensure that Dawn is ready to welcome you, your neighbors, your employers, your community groups and your loved ones as we define together how best to bring peace to our homes and our neighborhoods.
Dawn is proud to introduce Green Dot Dawn to South King County. Green Dot is a national, evidence-based program proven to lower the incidence of family violence in our communities. This bystander training invites each of us to recognize the signs and find effective and safe ways to intervene or de-escalate situations. Together, can say send a clear message that violence has no place in our community. You can learn more about this program at http://www.livethegreendot.org. If you, your employer, your club or other group would like to learn more about how to participate, please contact us. Join us as we rise up for domestic peace.