BENEFITING: Lower Valley Crisis & Support Services
Vision Statement – Empowering Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Mission Statement – Serving our communities to create safe and healthy environments through advocacy, education, and outreach for men, women, and children.
By raising awareness, we walk in strength together.
Over the past 38 years, LVCSS has provided services to thousands of individuals and families from throughout the Lower Yakima Valley. Our agency provides a 24-hour crisis line, crisis intervention, legal and medical advocacy, temporary emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence, support groups, education, as well as support towards healing.
Our caring staff provides empowerment based advocacy for survivors that is respectful and responsive of each person’s right to self-determination and offer services that are available in a safe and supportive environment.
The story that follows is just one example of the many clients that come through our agency.
The Domestic Violence Advocate began working with a young mother of three children. She was in an abusive relationship with her boyfriend, the father of her children. When the survivor came seeking services, she had been separated from her boyfriend for 2 months.
During sessions with the advocate, the survivor shared that she had isolated herself from her family, and no one knew the abuse that she was suffering. At work, she held a supervisory position and she did not confide in any of her co-workers, nor did they notice anything as she hid it very well. Eventually, she had to confide in her supervisor and her family as she had many court hearings regarding custody of the children.
While she continued to work, she was not coping well due to the trauma that she and her children suffered and was eventually let go from her job. She stayed home for some time while she was unemployed, and continued her sessions with the advocate. She eventually began to work through her issues and little by little as she put it, “began to find herself again.” Her goal was to be that person that she once was before the abuse, but only better.
Today she is working again in the field that she is passionate about and has full custody of her children.