The mission of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services
is to support individuals affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, and sexual exploitation, and to lead the community towards ending these abuses of power.
WE THANK YOU
DVSAS serves approximately 2,000 victims of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence each year. We are able to provide critical services to include 24-Hour Hotline, Advocacy, Medical Advocacy, Legal Advocacy, Advocacy Counseling, Support Groups, Prevention Programs and more because you chose to invest in the work in your community that helps transition victims into survivors.
There are typically 4,000 Domestic Violence calls to Whatcom County law Enforcement each year with just over half resulting in arrest with approximately 10% resulting in a Temporary Order of Protection or DV Protection order.
There are approximately 200 Sexual Assaults each year in Whatcom County with 1/3 of assaults categorized as Rape resulting in approximately 120 Forensic Nurse Exam Kits completed annually by St. Joseph's Forensic Nurse Examiners often referred to as Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners.
HOW WE HELP
Below you will find the data supporting the services offered at DVSAS. As you can see there is an anticipated drop in DV and SA calls. What we have discovered is that COVID-19 has trapped many clients at home with their abusers and data supports an increased bounce in 2021 as Public Health Restrictions are lifted and we return to typical daily life.