The Salvation Army has three Domestic Violence Programs, all unified under a single mission: To address domestic violence through programs that promote safety, healing, and empowerment, with autonomy of each person as a core value. Our goal is to be respectful and culturally sensitive to all people so they feel welcome and hopeful for a life free from abuse. To learn more about each program's specifics, please read below.
Catherine Booth House (CBH)
Catherine Booth House is a confidentially located, emergency shelter for adults and children (meaning boys and girls under the age of 18) escaping domestic violence. It is a fully furnished secured 12-unit apartment complex with 24/7 staffing where each person or family has their own unit. The goal of our shelter is to provide a healing atmosphere where survivors can gain inner strength, and each person woman can have time and space to explore options for continuing safety. We strive to provide our services in a culturally sensitive setting that respects survivors’ choices and supports families of all backgrounds.
Trained in advocacy based counseling, our advocates first initially help families with basic needs such as food, clothing, hygiene and medical supplies, etc. After clients have had a chance to settle in, we work collaboratively with each client to identify support needs and resources, create a safety plan, and provide domestic violence education.
CBH also provides children’s programming. Our in-house Children’s Advocates work with to provide therapeutic and educational children’s activities, parenting help, and advocacy to access appropriate children’s services in the community.
Stays at Catherine Booth House can range from 1 to 90 days depending on individual circumstances. The Shelter is accessed by calling our 24-hour crisis line, whereupon, if there is space available, callers will be screened for eligibility. To check for space in our shelter, or to talk with a DV advocate, please call our 24/7 crisis line at (206) 324-4943. The advocates answering our crisis line have had extensive domestic violence training, and can assist you in a variety of ways; you may call even if you are not experiencing an immediate DV crisis. The advocates are also available to provide confidential and anonymous emotional support, safety planning, and referrals to helpful community resources.
Community Advocacy Program (CAP)
The Community Advocacy Program is designed to meet survivors' needs at any stage in the abusive relationship. Individuals that are involved in an abusive situation may access our services to develop a personalized safety plan with an advocate to help increase safety while in the relationship, or if he/she decides to leave. to minimize the danger. Our CAP office also works with individuals who have had domestic violence issues in the past and need support. CAP is a part of a multi-service agency and can address many needs within our building such as assistance with food, utilities, move-in costs, and emergency motel vouchers. Lastly, CAP offers legal advocacy to assist survivors in understanding their options in various legal matters related to the domestic violence that he/she has experienced. Please be advised that legal advocates are not attorneys and cannot provide legal advice.
Community Education and Outreach
The Salvation Army also recognizes that working towards preventing domestic violence is as important as responding to it. Educating the community about domestic violence is a key component of domestic violence prevention. The CAP team is able to provide presentations and workshops around DV awareness and education. Presentations and workshops can be customized for any group including middle and high school, businesses, social service providers, and many others. Our goal is for workshop attendees to be able to identify abuse and respond effectively and sensitively to survivors of domestic violence. To inquire about a presentation or workshop, please contact the DV Programs Administrator at 206.442-8365.
Hickman House (HH)
Hickman House is fully furnished 10-unit apartment complex and transitional housing program for survivors of domestic violence. HH aims to help transition families exiting emergency shelter back to self sufficient living. It allows families time to gather resources to become economically independent and to strengthen their social support while living in a safe, supportive environment. Stays range from 6 to 24 months with program fees costing just 30% of a clients' income, regardless of how low that may be. At HH, we offer:
HH clients come from our Catherine Booth House shelter and from other area domestic violence shelters and programs.
To apply for Hickman House, you will need a referral from an emergency shelter and/or another domestic violence program. We are not able to accept self-referrals. Referring agencies are notified when we have an opening. Applications are then submitted and reviewed, and interviews are conducted with potential candidates. If you are a service provider inquiring about being added to our referral list, please call us at 206-932-5341.