A heartfelt thanks goes to the domestic violence survivors who contributed their insights to this project. Wherever we traveled to speak with shelter residents, we found they were generous with their time, gracious in how they provided feedback, and enthusiastic about doing something that might help other survivors.

Margaret Hobart, PhD
Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

This project and website would not have been possible without the incredible generosity and expertise of Mahlum, who put their considerable talent to work to make this site useful, beautiful and a pleasure to navigate. Thank you for creating space, literally and figuratively, for this project.

Linda Olsen, Judy Chen, Kelly Starr and Reed Forrester at Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence all made vital contributions.

The Eleanor Lloyd Dees Foundation has been a steadfast supporter of Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s work to strengthen survivor-centered domestic violence shelter. Thank you.

These programs opened their doors to us when we asked to talk to residents about their experiences in shelter:

Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse, Pullman, WA
Family Resource Center of Lincoln County, Davenport, WA
New Beginnings, Seattle, WA
YWCA Pierce County, Tacoma, WA
YWCA of Spokane, Spokane, WA

Architects, advocates, shelter managers, DV program directors, and leaders in both fields shared their expertise, examples, and cross-disciplinary thinking with us:

LaShawnda Anderson Ide, YWCA Pierce County
Miya Barnett
Sherri Blake, University of Manitoba
Cheryl Bozarth, DAWN
Susanne Siepl-Coates, The College of Architecture, Planning & Design, Kansas State University
Alison Iser, King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Lori Brown, School of Architecture, Syracuse University
Elizabeth Collins, Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Allison Diamond, M.A., Architectural Sociologist
Diane Fleet, Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program
Lisa Fleming, Rose Brooks Center
Valerie Fletcher, Institute for Human Centered Design
Ruth French, YWCA of Spokane
Erinn Gailey, Domestic Violence Services of Benton & Franklin Counties
Cathy Hoog, Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services
Chelle Hunsinger, Eastside Domestic Violence Program
Sharon Katz, SafeHome
Cameron Randall , Mermaid’s Lagoon / Bright Horizons
Rebecca Korby, Healthy Families of Clallam County
Lynn Kuchenbuch, Family Resource Center of Lincoln County
Barbara Langdon, Eastside Domestic Violence Program
Eleanor Lyon
Gricelda Ohrazda, SAGE (Safety Advocacy Growth & Empowerment)
Debbie Medeiros, Cowlitz Tribal Pathways to Healing Program
Ciara Murphy, Salvation Army Catherine Booth House
Mike Pyatok, Pyatock Architects, Inc.
Margeaux Rooney, WEAVE Inc.
Karin White Tautfest, YWCA Pierce County
Christine Wall, Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse
Karin Weaver, Bright Horizons Foundation
Patty Wheeler, YWCA of Spokane
Vickie Ybanez, Red Wind Consulting
Anne-Marie Zell Schwerin and Debbie Conklin, YWCA Walla Walla

And thank you to Ellen Pence, for inspiring us to always ask, “is this liberating? Or domesticating?”

Corrie Rosen of Mahlum and Margaret Hobart of WSCADV