The Domestic Violence and Mental Health Collaboration Project is a partnership between the Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence, the King County Bar Foundation, LifeWire, and Sound Mental Health. Project Alumni include the City of Seattle Human Services Department’s Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Division, Consejo Counseling and Referral Service, the King County Protection Order Advocacy Program, New Beginnings, and Seattle Counseling Service. These organizations came together to facilitate sustainable systems change within and among the organizations to better meet the mental health, safety, and self-determination needs of survivors of domestic violence. The Collaboration Projects work focuses on improving the experiences of domestic violence survivors with mental health concerns who are involved in protection order or family law cases.
Our Unique Contribution
The Domestic Violence and Mental Health Collaboration Project has helped to improve service provision for domestic violence survivors with mental health concerns by implementing the Reciprocal Consultation process. The tool encourages the sharing of expertise across disciplines and organizations to improve service provision for survivors. Additionally, the organizations developed and engaged in a liaison system to increase access and understanding between partner organizations.