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HSD Employee Spotlight—Alison Forsyth

What is your role at Seattle Human Services? I currently work as a Sexual Assault Victim Advocate for the City of Seattle, with a focus on underserved populations, specifically cold case sexual assaults, immigrants, and unhoused survivors of sexual violence. I provide advocacy and resources to victims of felony sexual… [ Keep reading ]

Call for Volunteers: Support Survivors of Violence

Victim Support Team volunteers needed – Training will be provided HSD’s Safe and Thriving Communities Division is recruiting community volunteers to offer support to survivors of violence in their unique time of need. About becoming a Victim Support Team volunteer: · VST community volunteers represent diverse personal and professional backgrounds. · No experience… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell and Seattle City Council Proclaim January Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Mayor Harrell joined with the Seattle City Council last week to  declare the month of January as “Human Trafficking Awareness Month,” reaffirming this Administration’s commitment to protect and empower survivors of all forms of human trafficking. The proclamation sets forward the City’s intent “to advocate for legislation and protection for survivors, to educate leaders, and to encourage public awareness and action against various forms of human trafficking.”

HSD Announces Funding Awards for Gender-Based Violence Survivor Services

The Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) and its Mayor’s Office on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (MODVSA) are pleased to announce the results of the comprehensive Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Survivor Services RFP. The results informed the investment of approximately $10,908,306 in HSD General Fund dollars towards 25 providers providing services under the umbrella of GBV which includes domestic violence (DV), sexual assault (SA), and commercial sexual exploitation (CSE).

Recognizing Some of Our Partners in Working to End Gender-Based Violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). It is a time to remember victims/survivors of abuse and exploitation, to raise awareness of violence and its effect on families and communities, and a time to acknowledge and highlight those working to address ending gender-based violence. “Kay,” “Elle,” and “Emmi” are just… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle Recognizes October as “Domestic Violence Awareness Month”

**Cross-posted with the Office of the Mayor This year’s theme— #Every1KnowsSome1—illustrates the importance of public awareness and participation Each year, the City of Seattle recognizes October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month to raise awareness and acknowledge the victims and survivors of abuse and its effects on families and communities…. [ Keep reading ]

HSD is Seeking Applications from Agencies to Provide Services for Persons with Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Charges

HSD’s Mayor’s Office on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (MODVSA) is seeking applications from agencies interested in providing assessment and treatment services for persons with misdemeanor domestic violence charges referred by the Seattle Municipal Court. Approximately $147,229 in HSD General Fund is available through this RFQ. Initial awards will be made for the period of January 1, 2023, thru December 31, 2023, with the possibility of renewal. While it is the City’s intention to renew agreements resulting from this funding opportunity on an annual basis through the 2026 program year, future funding will be contingent upon performance and funding availability. HSD seeks to contract with one or two provider(s) who are certified by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services and are required to provide domestic violence perpetrator intervention in accordance with Washington State laws and rules that were specifically designed for domestic violence perpetrator intervention program. The rules that pertain to domestic violence perpetrator intervention programs can be found at: Washington Administrative Code Title 388, Chapter 60B or

HSD Announces Availability of Funding to Establish a Seattle-based Coordinated Regional Network of Services for Victims and Survivors of Gender-based Violence

HSD’s Mayor’s Office on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (MODVSA) is seeking applications from agencies interested in providing survivor-centered, gender-based violence victim services for the diverse communities and geographic areas of Seattle. The purpose of this RFP is to establish a Seattle-based coordinated regional network of services under the umbrella of gender-based violence (GBV) for survivors of interpersonal violence including domestic violence (DV), sexual assault (SA), and commercial sexual exploitation (CSE). Approximately $10,908,306.00 in HSD General Fund is available through this RFP. HSD intends to fund approximately 30-40 proposals. Initial awards will be made for January 1, 2023-December 31, 2023; and up to a period of four years (2023-2026).

Support Survivors of Violence

The Human Services Department would like your help! HSD’s Safe and Thriving Communities Division is seeking help recruiting community volunteers to become trained support advocates to victims of domestic violence and other crimes. Victim Support Team (VST) volunteers offer support to survivors in a unique time of need, and their commitment and impact make this program a vital part of the City’s response to violence. 

HSD Announces Funding Awards to Address Reentry Services and Rerooting Programming

The Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) is pleased to announce the results of the Supportive Reentry RFP which closed November 5, 2021. Last year, thanks to the recommendations of the Equitable Communities Initiative Task Force, $1,383,000 in City of Seattle General Fund was allocated to funding culturally appropriate reentry services and rerooting… [ Keep reading ]