Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

How's It Going? A Day in the Life of a Domestic Violence Advocate Out-Stationed at a CSO

In 2000, DSHS began paying local domestic violence programs to hire advocates to work in Community Service Offices (CSOs). Calls to the WSCADV helpline, talks with advocates and agencies, and other anecdotal evidence paints a picture of a partnership that is full of good intentions, yet still flawed in some fundamental ways. This report is the result of a comprehensive survey of advocates serving in CSOs. It contains excellent information about what advocates see day to day at CSOs, and offers helpful tips from advocates about working in this idiosyncratic system.

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