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Womencare Shelter and Domestic Violence Services:
4140 Meridian St. #210
Bellingham, WA 98226
Business Office: (360) 671-8539
24-HR Domestic Violence Helpline
(360) 734-3438

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) 734-3438.

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.                                                                                                                                                       Top of page

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.

Community Education: 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.

Volunteer 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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