Advocacy is available for people who are houseless or street-dependent in Thurston County who want to access emotional support or assistance to clarify issues, solve problems, identify barriers to safety, and develop safety checking and planning skills.

If you’re wondering if you can access advocacy services through PiPE, here is a set of screening questions that can help clarify who we serve and what we can offer:

 

Screening Questions — 

For anyone seeking any kind of referral or resource:

 

1. Are you in Thurston County or have you lived in Thurston county in the last 6 months?
2. Are you houseless or is most of your community houseless?
          If experiencing Domestic Violence and currently housed: have you been houseless in the last year?
During COVID-19, PiPE is offering ongoing advocacy services to houseless survivors of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Sex Trafficking, and Identity-based violence (including hate crimes) in Thurston County.
3. Are you seeking advocacy services for any of the above?

 

 
What do we mean by Domestic Violence?

Domestic Violence encompasses many behaviors that are controlling and dangerous. It may include the following:

  • physically or sexually assaulted or threatened with violence by a 

    • partner (or ex-partner)

    • family member (including street family) 

    • roommate if recently housed

What do we mean by Sexual Assault?

Sexual Assault is complex and can involve a lot of different behaviors and situations. It can look like:

  • sexual touch without consent (if a person has said “no” or if they haven’t said “yes”). 

  • can be through physical force or through guilt-tripping or threats that get a person to engage in a sexual act that they’re not wanting or not comfortable with.

  • this can include if a person is asleep or under the influence of drugs or alcohol in a way that the person is not conscious enough to consent. 

What do we mean by Sex Trafficking?
  • when someone uses force, violence, lies, guilt-tripping, or threats (to the person or to their loved ones or property) to get a person to perform pornography, prostitution, and sexual acts with anyone in exchange for any item of value such as money, drugs, housing, shelter, food, clothes, life sustaining medication etc.

What do we mean by “identity-based violence”?
  • if you have been assaulted because of your gender. this can be because you are transgender or non-binary, or because your gender is perceived as being outside of gender norms

  • if you have been assaulted because you belong to a racial group that is marginalized (black, indigenous, or other person of color (BIPOC))

  • if you have been assaulted because you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or queer.

What do we mean by “hate crime”?
  • A hate crime (also known as an identity-based crime or bias crime) is a prejudice-motivated crime which occurs when a person targets someone because they belong to a certain social group or race.

For any of these categories:
  • are you facing the threat of someone who has hurt you in the past hurting you again?

 

At PiPE, our advocacy is participant centered/driven, and because of that the services that advocates have historically been able to provide have been molded to what people are needing most.

At this time, unfortunately, a lot of ongoing advocacy support is on hold due to COVID-19-related closures. We can provide only basic services at this time.

Prior to COVID-19 closures, PiPE advocates have assisted participants with:

  • Replacing lost/stolen records (state ID cards, birth certificates)
  • Safety Planning
  • Connecting participants with local resources
  • Gender affirming supplies for transgender and non-binary participants
  • Filling out legal forms and documents (DV/SA protection orders, letters of insight, character statements etc.)
  • Accompaniment to appointments in social, legal and health facilities
  • Picking up prescriptions
  • Getting connected to therapy
  • Signing people up for food stamps
  • Getting healthcare and more!

All services are FREE and CONFIDENTIAL.

 

**Please be aware that as service providers, we are mandated reporters and are required by law to contact Protective Services if you are in immediate danger from yourself or another and we have identifying information (such as your legal name, age or place of residence). In an effort to empower individuals, we are committed to providing you with an accurate representation of our abilities and limitations.