206-363-9601 hope@nwfamilylife.org

Survivor Services

It is our belief that no one ever deserves abuse, and that God desires safety and love to be present in all relationships. We seek to empower you to choose the best course for your physical, emotional, and spiritual safety.

Northwest Family Life’s Advocacy and Support Program provides information and support to survivors of domestic violence, those currently dealing with an abusive situation, or those still healing from and remembering past abuse.

We offer the following advocacy-based support groups at this time:

Carol Lindlow | Thursdays 6 – 7:30 PM PST 

Domestic Violence 101 If you are new to our support groups, we recommend you start with this group. Join licensed therapist and trauma specialist, Carol Lindlow, for an introduction to domestic violence and to Northwest Family Life. This group will offer insight and support for women who have experienced abusive relationships. After this 6 week introduction, we invite you to join one of the following ongoing support groups.

Lila Ghising | Thursdays 6 – 7:30 PM PST

Lila Ghising is a life coach with extensive international experience supporting survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence. She speaks Nepali, Hindi, and Urdu. This group caters to immigrants and refugees.

Sarah Kardelen | Tuesdays 2:30 – 4 PM PST [Currently Full]

You are not alone. You are invited to journey with other women who have experienced similar things in their relationships. Together we will learn, grow and support one another.

Sarah Kardelen, LMHCA, is a DV advocate at Northwest Family Life and a licensed mental health therapist. She specializes in trauma recovery and has lived experience with domestic violence. Her desire is to create a safe space where women can share and move from victim to survivor to one who thrives. 

Guzin Erkoc | Thursdays 9 – 10:30 AM PST

Journey to Freedom This support group offers a safe space to connect with other survivors and helps you cope with domestic violence through learning about DV, processing your own story, forming healthy relationships, and skill building. This group is limited to 6 participants.

Guzin Erkoc, is a Turkish counselor who received an M.A. in counseling in the U.S. She is an experienced trauma-informed facilitator who works cross culturally.

Tabitha Terlunen | Wednesdays, 10 – 11:30 AM PST & Tuesdays, 6 – 7:30 PM PST

You are not alone, you are invited to journey with other women who have experienced similar things in their relationships. Together we will learn, grow, and support one another. Tabitha Terlunen is a graduate student in St. Stephen’s Master’s in Ministry program and a community based advocate through Northwest Family Life.

Support groups are confidential. All groups are currently held on Zoom due to COVID-19 and are offered free of charge. These services are sponsored by Horizons Foundation. For additional information or to reserve a space in the group, please contact our Front Desk Advocate, Grace Joy, at 206-363-9601 or frontdesk@nwfamilylife.org.

We encourage you to contact us and allow us to provide you with information, education and support to help you make safe decisions for you and your family. Our advocates can also help you locate housing and shelter services in your area. These services are free of charge. We may also be able to help you find counseling and other resources available at low cost on a sliding scale. For more information please call us at 206-363-9601 or email us at hope@nwfamilylife.org.

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