Last week, the Korean Women’s Association (KWA) announced that it will bring mental health services to women and children at We are Family Home, a domestic violence shelter located in Tacoma and run by KWA. The services provided will be made possible by a new partnership between KWA and Comprehensive Life Resources (CLR), which has been providing accessible behavioral health services to Pierce County for more than 50 years.

“It’s important to recognize that there is no one-size fits all approach to behavioral health for domestic violence victims and their children,” KWA CEO Peter Ansara said in a statement. “On demand behavioral health service for women and children in domestic violence situations are difficult to secure, so we’re especially proud of this partnership.”

One of the shelter’s main goals is to address the physical and mental health of the women and children it houses; the partnership with CLR will help to remove some of the barriers — long waiting lists, transportation, and child care — by bringing counselors onsite to the We are Family Home so that clients can receive help immediately and conveniently.

Survivors of intimate partner violence can call the shelter’s 24/7 hotline at 253-359-0470 to speak with an advocate and to learn more about other available services.

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