Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Program of Jefferson County, Washington

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       Transitional Living Center



DVSA Transitional Living CenterEach year, the Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Program of Jefferson County helps more than 475 people transition to safer lives. The private nonprofit corporation is Jefferson County's sole provider of free services to victims of family and sexual violence.

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"So far this year, we've provided nearly 1,100 nights of safe shelter for women and children. That's 300 more nights than all of 2006—and it's only June," said Cheryl Bozarth, DVSA executive director. "Whether our clients choose to stay in their relationships or leave, we're here to help them build safer lives."

DVSA has launched a fund-raising campaign for its exciting new project, the Transitional Living Center. The building's first floor will have space for the crisis line workers, legal advocacy, individual counseling, support groups, parenting classes, administration, and other programs. Upstairs, a one-bedroom unit, two two-bedroom units, and one three-bedroom unit will house families needing support during their transitions. They will be able to stay for up to two years, pay below-market rent, benefit from comprehensive onsite supportive services, and receive referrals to other community service providers.

"Our goal for each woman, or family, in the Transitional Living Program is that, within two years, they will amass the resources and skills they need—education, employment, financial management, parenting and personal development—to secure and maintain permanent housing and live independent, violence-free lives," Bozarth said. "Locating the housing above our offices ensures these families have access to the services they need to succeed."

DVSAP provides free crisis intervention and advocacy to victims of domestic and sexual violence, while working for the elimination of violence through education and social change. DVSAP provides crisis intervention, emergency food and shelter, medical advocacy, legal advocacy, individual support and counseling, support groups, therapy for child and adult victims, and maintains a 24-hour crisis line.

DVSAP has already purchased the land for the project (near the hospital, off of Sheridan), completed initial architectural designs and a feasibility study, and established a pre-development work plan with identified funding sources and timelines for the project. Estimated at a total cost of $1,443,521, the project will be funded by a combination of state, local and privately donated funds, including Washington State Housing Trust Fund, State Capital Facilities funds, State General Purpose Community Development Block Grant Program, Jefferson County 2060/2163 Funding, various individuals and private foundation grantors. Given funding application time frames and pending funding approval, construction should begin in the summer of 2008.

For more information or to donate to the capital facilities fund, contact Bozarth at 360.385.5291 or

Read the article in the Port Townsend Jefferson County Leader.


See the floor plans for the new Transitional Living Center. (Large file: 2.14 MB .pdf)

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Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Program of Jefferson County

P.O. Box 743
Port Townsend, WA 98368


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