Northwest Association of College & University Housing Officers

LifeWire: Together Against Domestic Violence

Each year, NWACUHO selects a local, non-profit organization to support.  This year, NWACUHO is proud to support the work of LifeWire.


Everyone needs a safe and healthy home to reach their highest potential and fully contribute to our community. At LifeWire, we help adults, children, and youth who have been impacted by domestic violence to build safer, healthier homes by offering support, resources, and professional services including survivor advocacy, mental health therapy, legal advocacy, shelter, and housing. And we work with youth and young adults to develop healthy foundations early in life, preventing future violence.

LifeWire has served survivors and their families in east and north King County, Washington since 1982.

Our mission is to end domestic violence by changing individual, institutional, and societal beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that perpetuate it. Domestic violence is a human rights issue. LifeWire envisions a world in which every person lives in a safe environment, free from oppression and with the opportunity to thrive.

LifeWire offers survivor-driven, trauma informed services, promotes prevention through community-based training and coaching, and leads through pioneering strategies and partnerships.

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Ward Urion from LifeWire will be representing the organization at NWACUHO 2020!

Ward Urion began his career in the field of ending domestic and sexual violence in the criminal legal system as a court-based domestic violence advocate and Victim Assistance Unit Manager in the adult and juvenile courts with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. This 20 year experience informed his passion for prevention and social change. His post legal system career is wide and varied with positions as a professional development trainer addressing harassment & gender-based violence in the workplace, a human services city planner and a mental health program coordinator.  He spent several years as project director of the Men’s Domestic Abuse Check-Up, a NIH funded, randomized clinical controlled research study at the University of Washington, School of Social Work, testing a motivational enhancement therapy to act as a catalyst for change for self-identified, non-adjudicated abusive men. He spent just under a decade facilitating a psycho-educational group with incarcerated men in the King County Jail and was executive director of a State certified perpetrator treatment program.

In 2004, he co-founded the Men’s Network Against Domestic Violence, a 501 (c) 3 working to engage men in ending gender based violence.  As Social Change Manager at LifeWire he conducts outreach, training and directs prevention efforts by engaging youth, educators, faith leaders, coaches and other community leaders in ending and preventing gender-based violence through healthy relationship skills training and pro-social norms development. He serves as vice-chair of the board of directors of the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, helped to redraft State laws relating to perpetrator treatment services and has presented nationally and internationally.

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