Womencare Shelter and Domestic Violence
4140 Meridian St. #210
Bellingham, WA 98226
Business Office: (360) 671-8539
24-HR Domestic Violence Helpline
Womencare Shelter and Domestic Violence Services is a non-profit organization
which provides emergency shelter and support services to women, with or
without children, who are victims of domestic violence.
We define domestic violence: a
deliberate pattern of assaultive and controlling behaviors, including
physical, sexual, and psychological attacks, that one intimate partner
does to establish and maintain power and control over the other person
in the relationship.
24 Hour Domestic Violence Helpline & Access
to Service: trained domestic violence advocates are available at
all times to provide support and safety planning, information and referral,
crisis intervention, and access to Womencare Services by calling (360)
Shelter. Womencare provides safe,
emergency shelter in a confidential location to women, with or without
children, who are victims of domestic violence. Residents are able to
relax in a violence-free, home-like atmosphere. The five bedroom house
can accommodate up to 18 residents at one time. Food, personal care
items, and some clothing are provided. Womencare is the only domestic
violence shelter in Whatcom County.
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Individual Advocacy. Residents are provided
with individual and group advocacy-based counseling, legal, medical
and financial advocacy, parenting and child advocacy. Residents are
provided with information about domestic violence, case management and
referrals to appropriate community resources.
Legal Advocacy. Trained Legal Advocates
provide assistance in legal procedures. They assist residents in obtaining
protection orders, can accompany them to court hearings and assist them
with filing legal documents.
Children's Advocacy. Trained Child Advocates
provide specialized advocacy for children, which includes a structured
twice-weekly playgroup for young residents.
Womencare promotes a community response to domestic violence through
outreach and education. Presentations and training to increase awareness
and understanding of domestic violence and where to go for help are
provided within the community, as well as, technical assistance for
professionals who come in contact with victims of domestic violence.
Womencare is an active member in the community's effort to develop a
coordinated community response to domestic violence.
Opportunities: Womencare is a volunteer based
organization which provides meaningful opportunities to work
against domestic violence throughout the organization by
providing advocacy to victims of domestic violence, community
education, fundraising, administrative support and as members
of the Board of Directors. Volunteers receive comprehensive
training, including the tactics and dynamics of domestic
violence and advocacy-based counseling.
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