Legacy of Healing: Advocacy Center & Safe House
To ensure the rights of all individuals to a safe and secure environment and to empower those who are being oppressed by reducing trauma and ending re-victimization resulting in the protection of future generations.
The Legacy of Healing Program envisions a comprehensive advocacy center that will serve past and present victims of violence by helping then through the healing process in hopes of helping to end the cycle of violence in their lives, and prevent the violence from being passed on in their children’s lives.
To promote a safe, healthy and non-violent community for non-offending tribal members and their families by providing education, survivor advocacy and accountability through a coordinated community response.
The Legacy of Healing program services include: civil and legal advocacy for adult victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking, emergency housing, out-reach, education, counseling, groups, teen dating violence education and transitional housing services.
Crisis Intervention: In-person crisis intervention, emotional support and guidance contacts provided by the program’s staff or volunteer advocates. This type of emergency response may occur at the crisis scene or immediately after the crisis. Meeting the survivor at the hospital is also included. Includes phone calls made to the program’s crisis phone line by or on the behalf of a survivor of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. These calls are usually the initial crisis phone contact with a survivor.
Advocacy Program: Legacy of Healing Advocacy Center provides legal and civil advocacy services such as preparation for restraining orders and court advocacy, provides assistance to those individuals (petitioners) who need temporary restraining orders and also accompanies petitioners to Tribal Court before, during and after their hearing.
Transitional Housing Services: The Transitional Housing Services include advocacy and direct assistance to homeless victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking and their children to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency. Transitional Housing Services are specifically designed for women who are out of their abusive relationship.
Women’s/Domestic Violence Counseling: One-on-one in-person counseling and Mapping Our Legacy Group, is provided by the program’s qualified staff to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. Domestic violence counseling best practice does not include couples/marriage counseling, mediation, family counseling which involves any of the survivors/child witnesses in confronting the offender or which includes the offender.
Safe House: Legacy of Healing Advocacy Center & Safe House offers emergency housing, crisis intervention, transitional housing services, community-based education and support programs for tribal member women and children, women who are living in the Tulalip Community and Native American women living in Snohomish County who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. Safe House beds are provided for women and their children, as well as food, counseling, support groups and advocacy. Emergency shelter stays are typically 45-49 days. It is a place of hope and healing.
Survivor Support Plan: Support plans guide service delivery. Support plans serve various purposes depending upon individual needs. A support plan is informed by the survivor and must contain narrative information supporting the selection of goal(s) and objective(s). They should be strengths based and empower the survivor.
Children’s Therapy Program: An essential part of the Legacy of Healing Program involves early intervention. We attempt to address the physical, emotional, and educational needs of children who have been exposed to domestic and other forms of violence.
Children’s Therapist: Will meet with the children of clients in Safe House once a week to provide individual counseling to address the emotional and developmental needs of children affected by abuse through individual, group and family counseling including non-directive play therapy, art therapy, health care and educational advocacy. The children’s therapist provides a safe and confidential space for children to express their feelings and work through the trauma of witnessing abuse and to advocacy on the behalf of the child.
Operating Beliefs in Regard to Intimate Partner Violence
▪ Everyone has the right to a violence-free, safe and healthy life.
▪ Domestic violence is a crime defined in the Tulalip Tribal Domestic Violence Ordinance 117.
▪ Violence in intimate relationships is a chosen behavior to exert power and control over another.
▪ Violence can be a learned behavior. Through intervention and treatment, alternatives to abusive behavior also can be learned.
▪ Children from violent homes experience trauma, suffer psychologically, physically, emotionally and socially. We believe children that witness domestic violence are also primary victims of domestic violence.
▪ Early intervention, prevention education, domestic violence education, and community
awareness can interrupt the intergenerational cycle of violence and reduce the social acceptance of domestic violence.
▪ Victims are traumatized, suffer from low self-esteem and have limited access to resources; all of which keep them trapped in violent relationships. With safety, counseling, and supportive services, survivors of domestic violence experience healing and empowerment, and decide for themselves to live free of violence.
▪ Every individual in our community must become more aware of how to prevent, intervene and be less tolerant of domestic violence. Our tribe must hold individuals responsible for their abusive behavior. Safe House strives to create a community where violence is not tolerated or hidden.