HSD announces $1.3 million in available funds for sexual assault victim services

Seattle, WA – Today, the Mayor’s Office on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault announced the release of $1.3 million in available funding to support commercial sexual exploitation victim support services, sexual assault victim services, and gender-based violence prevention.  The Mayor’s Office on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault is housed in the Human Services Department.

Approximately $592,119 is available is available to nonprofit agencies interested in providing sexual assault victim services for adult and child victims of sexual assault.   The intent of this Request for Investment (RFI) is to provide supportive victim-centered interventions to victims following incidents of sexual assault to help prevent complex, long-term health and mental health struggles. HSD will fund services consistent the Washington State Office of Crime Victim’s Advocacy’s service standards for sexual assault victim services.  Eligible activities for victim services funding may include crisis intervention, information and referral, general advocacy, medical advocacy, and legal advocacy. Funding for this RFI is available from the HSD General Fund. The application deadline is Wednesday, September 2, 2015 by 12 pm.

The second pool of funding is approximately $350,000 which is available to nonprofit organizations experienced in providing commercial sexual exploitation victim services for youth and adults. The intent of this Request for Investment (RFI) is to fund approximately two collaborations to provide victim support services focused on information, assistance, referrals, advocacy-based counseling and intensive case management, coordinated response, crisis intervention, community outreach and advocacy, and support groups to provide victims safety and stability. Funding for this RFI is available from the HSD General Fund ($159,928) and from the Sexual Abuse of Minors, Prostituted Children Rescue Fund, and Sex Industry Victims Fund ($190,072). The application deadline is Wednesday, September 2, 2015 by 12 pm.

The third investment announced today is $350,000 available to nonprofit organizations interested in providing gender-based violence prevention services for Seattle youth ages 10 to 18. The purpose of the Request for Proposal (RFP) is to fund a maximum of five prevention programs to educate youth in healthy relationship skills which increases safety and protection against future violence while promoting change in attitudes, values, and behaviors that support ending gender-based violence.  For the purposes of this RFP gender-based violence is defined by dating and domestic violence, sexual assault, and commercial sexual exploitation.

Further, gender-based violence is often directed at an individual based on his or her biological sex, gender identity, or perceived adherence to socially defined norms of masculinity and femininity. It includes physical, sexual, and psychological abuse, threats, coercion, arbitrary deprivation of liberty, and economic deprivation. It can include domestic and dating violence, sex trafficking and forced labor, sexual coercion, violence and abuse, neglect, elder abuse, harmful traditional practices such as early and forced marriage, “honor” killings, and female genital mutilation/cutting.

Funding for this RFI is available from the HSD General Fund ($316,000) and from Sex Industry Victims Fund and Sexual Abuse of Minors Fund ($34,000). The application deadline is Wednesday, September 2, 2015 by 12 pm.

For more information HSD Funding Opportunities and application materials, visit HSD’s Funding Opportunities webpage.

The Seattle Human Services Department is one of the largest contributors to Seattle’s safety net as it provides $89 million in funding through 522 contracts to nearly 200 agencies that support Seattle’s most vulnerable residents each year.  The department works closely with its community partners, including other public and nonprofit funders and service providers, to understand current and emerging human service needs, and to create and invest in a comprehensive and integrated regional human services system.