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SAVE-THE-DATE For DAWN’S Roaring 20’s Themed Evening of Promise Auction: Saturday, Oct. 3rd at Hyatt Regency- Lake Washington

The Roaring 20s are back! Join us on Saturday, 10/3/2020 for our annual auction. This year we will celebrate DAWN’s 40th Anniversary, while raising funds to help DAWN continue supporting, empowering and sheltering DV survivors. Please check back for additional info. If you are interested in sponsoring the auction, click here for the sponsorship form.

For questions, please contact Annie Ramirez, Director of Development at

JOIN US June 23rd at 5:30 PM For DAWN’s Returning Dignity Happy Hour Event

According to the King County’s website, the #1 cause of homeless in King County for women and children is domestic violence (DV). Moreover, for every 1 family in need of 100% confidential emergency DV shelter in King County, 57 are turned away! In 2019, DAWN provided over 9,240 safe, warm bed nights for women and their children in need of confidential shelter. DAWN also provided 28,642 services (duplicated) including answering 5,108 calls on our emergency crisis line in 2019.

How can YOU help? Come join us on June 23rd at 5:30pm for our rescheduled Returning Dignity Happy Hour Fundraising Event at the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington, to learn more about how DAWN is working to support survivors, prevent violence in your community, and how you can help support the cause. We will sip wine and sample heavy appetizers while hearing harrowing stories of DV survivors who found support and comfort at DAWN. This is a free event, but there will be an ask for donations at the end of the event, if you are moved to give. Thank you for helping DAWN to continue to support, empower and shelter survivors of domestic abuse. 

To register, click here. Hope to see you there!

If you would like to sponsor the event or have questions, please email Annie Ramirez, Director of Development at

Many thanks to our sponsoring partners who make this all possible! A special shout out to the Lucky Seven Foundation who have generously provided a matching gift of up to $20,000 for all donations made at $200 or above.

Healthy Relationships for Youth – Teaching Respect for Peers


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. 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.

DAWN Breakfast – Returning Dignity To Survivors

This community rose to the challenge and helped DAWN raise money to Bring Dignity to Survivors of Domestic Violence at our 2018 Breakfast. Saying THANK YOU is just the beginning! We look forward to the partnerships we are building with Donors, Businesses, and Community Leaders. Together we ARE making a difference!

Thank you to everyone who attended and donated!

21st Annual Evening Of Promise GALA!

The 21st Annual Evening of Promise was a huge success.  Thank you to our Donors, Sponsors and, guests that made it such a fun night.  We raised $175,800 to help survivors of domestic violence that use DAWN’s services. 

Special thanks to the auction committee who put in hours of work for several months to make the “Casino Royale” night fun for everyone. 

Jennifer Davis – Board Member and Auction Chair, Elizabeth Horen, Jessica Meeds, Jacqui Judd, Colette Bailey, & Amardeep Gill. 


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New look, new website, same critical mission

Mother hugging her small daughterWe 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.

Dawn News for October

New Look, New Website, Same Critical Services

Please check out our new look at 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 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

Register today!…

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

20th Annual Evening of Promise Auction Gala

dawn-email-inviteThank 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

Jessica Meeds

Elizabeth Horen

Deep Gill

Darcy Fisher

Melissa Birdsall

Caryn Austin

(Home page photo by Mike Nakamura)



10th Anniversary Chili Cook-Off Charity Event

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
  • Massages
  • Facials
  • Drone
  • And More!

When: Saturday October 29th, at 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Where: Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Ave S, Tukwila

Visit the Chili Cookoff on Facebook

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