Legacy of Healing: Advocacy Center & Safe House

Advocacy Center

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.

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence and emotional abuse are behaviors used by one person in a relationship to gain control over the other. Partners may be married or not married; heterosexual, gay, or lesbian; living together, separated or dating. Violence can be criminal and includes physical assault (hitting, pushing, shoving, etc.), sexual abuse (unwanted or forced sexual activity), and stalking. Although emotional, psychological, spiritual and financial abuse are not considered criminal behaviors, they are forms of abuse and can lead to criminal violence.

Violence takes many forms; and it can happen all the time or once in a while. An important step to help yourself or someone you know in preventing or stopping violence is recognizing the warning signs.

Examples of Abuse include:

  • Name-calling or putdowns
  • Keeping a partner from contacting friends or family
  • Withholding money
  • Stopping a partner from getting or keeping a job
  • Actual or threatened harm
  • Sexual assault
  • Stalking
  • Intimidation
Anyone can be a victim!

Victims can be of any age, sex, race, culture, religion, education, employment or marital status. Although both men and women can be abused, most victims are women.
American Indian Women report nearly one in 3 have been raped, 1 in 5 state they have been stalked. Nearly half reported they have been physically assaulted in their lifetime.
Children in homes where there is domestic violence are more likely to be abused and/or neglected. Most children in these homes know about the violence and are afraid to tell. Even if a child is not physically harmed, they may have emotional and behavior problems. Children are the silent victims.

Current 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.

Advocacy Program: Legacy of Healing Advocacy Center provides criminal and civil legal services such as protection orders, court advocacy and Victim Advocate Attorney available to help with divorce or custody matters.

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 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 days are between 30-90 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.

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.

For child victim resources, please visit the Children's Advocacy Center page.