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You’re Invited to Winter Wonderland! DAWN’s 23rd Annual Evening of Promise Gala on 10/5

Please join us on 10/5 for DAWN’s 23rd Annual Evening of Promise Gala and Auction! This year’s theme is “Winter Wonderland,” and will be held at the Hyatt Regency at Lake Washington in Renton. It will be a memorable evening of games, a silent/live auction, and followed by a delectable dinner that overlooks Lake Washington. The best part is that all proceeds will continue to support, empower and shelter survivors of domestic abuse. Would you like to join us?

Tickets are $130 each, or $1,300 for a table of ten. Please register here:

Hope to see you there! Please email Annie at for questions.

Sip and Shop Event in Support of DAWN Survivors at Divalani on 8/24 4pm to 7pm

Please join us on 8/24 from 4pm to 7pm at Divalani Style – Southcenter for a sip and shop event. Sip on wine, sample snacks, and shop Divalani’s incredible fashions all in support of DAWN! 15% of the proceeds during this time will go towards supporting, empowering and sheltering survivors of domestic abuse. The first 25 people will receive special swag bags. There will also be a raffle for a chance to win free designer clothing! Hope to see you there! Please email Annie at for any questions.

2019 DAWN Breakfast – Returning Dignity To Survivors with Seattle Mariner, Dee Gordon

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been abused by their intimate partner. In 2018 alone, we provided an estimated 20,000 services (duplicated) and answered 5,700 calls on our crisis line.

On May 30, we had over 100 guests attend our Annual Returning Dignity Fundraising Breakfast in support of our programs. A huge thank you to all who attended!!

It’s my pleasure to let you know that we did make the $15,000 match provided by the Lucky Seven Foundation, and raised over $38,000! WOW! This support helps us to continue our mission to shelter and empower survivors of domestic abuse, while also keeping us all safe by educating our community to respond to and prevent violence. It makes such a difference!

Want to help provide our Survivors with hope and empowerment for a violence-free future, but couldn’t make the event? Then make a donation here.

Many thanks to our sponsoring partners who make this all possible!

Matt and Whitney Millar

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)