Our Impact

Your role in our impact.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, in 2016 DAWN was able to provide:

  • 4,437 women and children with emergency shelter and ongoing support services
  • 13,787 shelter nights to 112 individuals or 54 families
  • 1,108 hours of support groups to 163 teens to identify abusive situations and strategies to avoid them
  • 4,873 calls from 24 hour Advocacy and Support Line
  • 1,330 hours of legal advocacy
  • 202 women with weekly support groups offered in both English and Spanish

Teen daughter kissing her mom on the cheekDAWN saves lives.

As the largest provider of comprehensive domestic abuse services in South King County, we offer an immediate refuge from violence, expert guidance so survivors can set goals and solve problems to find a permanent escape from danger, and hope for families to build a new future. In 2016, we served  4,437 women and children.  We also help men who are victims of domestic violence.

Dawn believes that the people who come to us for help deserve to chart their own course for the future, so we do everything possible to guide them toward success. Our advocates don’t judge, scold or dictate. We respect each survivor’s unique strengths and individual experiences.

No barrier is too high for DAWN to serve someone in need. We have the expertise, patience and conviction to work with people affected by violence who do not speak English, who have mental health or substance abuse issues or whose devastating experiences with violence cause them to act out in angry or disruptive ways.

Our advocates and staff are trained in the neurobiological effects of chronic stress and trauma. This “trauma-informed” approach to our work increases our effectiveness in helping people safely leave abusive situations and find the emotional and tangible support they need to maintain their resolve.

Learn more about the services we provide: shelter, advocacy, support and youth education.