Founded in 1987 by lesbian survivors of battering, the NW Network works to end abuse in our diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities. As an organization founded by and for LGBT survivors, we’re deeply committed to fostering the empowerment of all survivors of abuse.
The NW Network increases our communities’ ability to support the self-determination and safety of bisexual, transgendered, lesbian and gay survivors of abuse through education, organizing and advocacy. We work within a broad liberation movement dedicated to social and economic justice, equality and respect for all people and the creation of loving, inclusive and accountable communities.
- We offer a positive vision. We help individuals and communities build loving and equitable relationships.
- Our services are survivor-centric. We work with LGBT survivors to strengthen their own social networks and actively resist abuse.
- Our roots are in the community. LGBT people’s intimate relationships and experiences of victimization have been dismissed as marginal, unnatural or insignificant. As one of only a handful of LGBT-specific domestic violence agencies in the United States, we bring the experiences of LGBT people to the forefront of our work.
- We’re keyed into the complexities and full diversity of LGBT people. Regardless of your gender, identity, race, religion, cultural background or kink, we’re available for you.
- Our direct services are all free and confidential. We also offer resources for organizations and providers working in the field.
- Our values are evident in all we do and guide our work with survivors, the community and other providers.