About DOVE

Building Community. Ending Abuse.

Building community.
Ending abuse.

Our Mission

Our mission: DOVE is a catalyst for social change fostering zero tolerance for interpersonal violence. We do this by providing individualized support to empower survivors and through cultivating focused prevention education that inspires community action.

Our goal is to build a community in which abuse is eliminated and personal empowerment is promoted through prevention, education, and training.

We wear our values on our sleeves: dignity, opportunity, voice, and empowerment for every person who walks in our door. Our values are evident in all we do and guide our work with survivors, the community and other providers.

DOVE is part of a global movement that links anti-violence work to other progressive social change movements. This is our guiding principle. Our movement promotes safe, loving and equitable relationships in strong, connected communities that can assist in sustaining those relationships. We work collaboratively to support survivors of domestic violence and to build safe, peaceful and accountable communities.


How We Help

DOVE provides free, confidential, and trauma sensitive support services that promote the rights of survivors and prevent violence.


Legal Help

DOVE gives assistance and support to domestic violence and sexual assault survivors as they engage with the criminal or civil legal system.


Community Outreach

DOVE is building a program aimed at changing societal beliefs, attitudes and behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence.



Domestic violence prevention is a cornerstone of DOVE’s work, with innovative programming at the middle school and high school.

Dignity. Opportunity. Voice. Empowerment.

Our History

DOVE was born as a reaction to the realization of intimate partner violence on the island. We are exploring and innovating around better ways to meet the challenges and barriers of the one in three women and one in five men who experience domestic violence.

Initially, in 2011, The DOVE Project (which stands for Dignity Opportunity Voice Empowerment) was a project of a community group (Vashon Healthy Community Network [VCHN] – it no longer exists); DOVE, in its entirety, was quite literally a phone and a bag, held and managed by a volunteer. When the VHCN disbanded, DOVE applied for its 501(c)3 and was fiscally sponsored by Vashon Youth and Family Services. In March 2013, DOVE officially became recognized as a 501(c)3 and began operating with complete autonomy.

DOVE is a proud to be a Social Profit organization. That’s the point of our work: social profit. The term not-for-profit is misleading as there is huge profit for the communities we serve. Social profit is about desired social benefits and that is defined locally.

Survivor Stories

Because of DOVE...