Multimedia Seattle Programs
To provide women and adolescent girls easy access to a comprehensive directory of the primary Domestic Violence Shelters and Advocacy Programs in our region, Multimedia Seattle developed a comprehensive On-line Domestic Violence Outreach Directory as part of our outreach strategy.
Critical information cards directing women to the on-line Domestic Violence Outreach Directory, available at local medical centers, including our esteemed community partners Virginia Mason Hospital/Medical Center and Auburn Regional Medical Center.
Multimedia Seattle’s Western Washington Domestic Violence Prevention and Outreach Guide can be viewed at: www.outreachguide.org
In this critical community outreach campaign, we have been blessed to be working in partnership with KOMO 4 ABC and KING 5 NBC, for the airing of a 0:30 second Domestic Violence Public Service Announcement throughout Western Washington, to increase awareness about the critical Domestic Violence programs and shelters available in our region. We are broadcasting the Public Service Announcement (PSA) with the contact information for Multimedia Seattle’s On-line Domestic Violence Outreach Directory.
Given the strategic partnership of broadcasting the Educational Domestic Violence Prevention and Outreach Public Service Announcement through the KOMO 4 News Network on ABC and KING 5 News Network on NBC, the critical message bringing awareness to the devastating generational effects of Domestic Violence and the need for effective intervention reaches 16 COUNTIES THROUGHOUT WESTERN WASHINGTON: King County, Pierce County, Snohomish County, Lewis County, Whatcom County, Chelan County, Douglas County, Thurston County, Pacific County, Grays Harbor County, Mason County, Jefferson County, Clallam County, San Juan County, Kitsap County and Skagit County. This strategic, broad reaching educational broadcast will facilitate access to the available Domestic Violence Advocacy Programs, Protection Order Advocacy Program and Emergency Domestic Violence Shelters in our region.
Multimedia Seattle is honored to have received permission from internationally acclaimed producer Holly Levin to air the Levin Domestic Violence Public Service Announcement, which has received international recognition and had previously been aired throughout France by the French Government during a one-year long Domestic Violence Public Awareness Campaign. The Domestic Violence Public Service Announcement can be viewed on the first page of Multimedia Seattle’s On-line Domestic Violence Prevention and Outreach Guide: www.outreachguide.org
Multimedia Seattle’s Western Washington Domestic Violence Prevention and Outreach Directory contact information is also published weekly within Seattle’s St. James Cathedral’s bulletin, reaching 27,200 of our community members monthly and 326,400 of our community members annually.
In 2012, Multimedia Seattle implemented the “A Bear for Me?” Program as an additional community service provided through our Western Washington Domestic Violence Outreach Program. Multimedia Seattle’s “A Bear for me?” Program serves our communities most vulnerable Domestic Violence survivors, infants and toddlers, as they enter Emergency Domestic Violence Shelters with their mothers.
As a 501(c) 3 Public Charity, donations supporting Multimedia Seattle’s Western Washington Domestic Violence Prevention and Outreach Program are deductible to the full extend allowable under IRS regulations.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
The generational tragedy of domestic violence is that woman are not the only victims, their children are the silent, unseen victims who suffer the life-long repercussions of witnessing and experiencing physical and emotional abuse.
Child abuse or neglect is often associated with physical or disfiguring injuries, delayed physical growth and even neurologic damage. Child maltreatment is also associated with psychological and emotional problems such as post-traumatic stress syndrome, depression and aggression. In extreme cases of abuse, child abuse and neglect can led to death.
Since 1997, at least 148 of the Domestic Violence Victims murdered in Washington State had children living with them at home when they were killed.
Of the 293 involved children, more than half were present at the time of the murder.
Five percent of those children were murdered alongside their mothers.
In 2012, Multimedia Seattle implemented the “A Bear for Me?“ Program as an additional community service provided through Multimedia Seattle’s Western Washington Domestic Violence Prevention and Outreach Program. The “A Bear for Me?” Program provides Infant and Toddler Domestic Violence Shelter Arrival Bags to vulnerable children entering Domestic Violence Shelters with their mothers.
During the 2012 program year, Multimedia Seattle’s “A Bear for Me?” Program will provide 600 Infant and Toddler Emergency Domestic Violence Shelter Arrival Bags to the children entering the New Beginnings’ Emergency Domestic Violence Shelter, Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services (ADWAS) Transitional Domestic Violence Housing and YWCA of King/Snohomish County Emergency Domestic Violence Shelters.
The number of Infant and Toddler Emergency Domestic Violence Shelter Arrival Bags provided will be expanded yearly to meet the needs of the large number of vulnerable children entering into Domestic Violence Shelters with their mothers in Western Washington.
Multimedia Seattle’s “A Bear for Me?” Program serves our communities most vulnerable children as they flee with their mothers, from violence in their home. Often they leave so quickly, to escape further violence, that everything is left behind.. even the simplest comfort of a bear and a blanket to hold.