“Hi all — We’re looking to host a baby shower (co-ed) this winter but our place (and our friends’ places) are too small for the number of people we’d like to invite (~40). Ideally, we’d like to keep it fun and casual and keep the cost to under $500 including food (heavy appetizers, finger foods, etc.). Does anyone have any ideas of a place in the District, preferably NW or metro accessible, that fits the bill? We’re open to (and actually prefer) bringing our own food, but we’re also exploring places that offer food within that price range. Your ideas are much appreciated!”
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I’ve recently been a victim of domestic violence, and I spent weeks trying to figure out what I needed to do to help myself and where I could go to do just that. Trying to navigate uncharted legal territory when you’re confused and scared for your own safety is NOT fun. There are plenty of great resources and options for domestic violence victims in DC, but it took a lot of work and dedication to figure out what they are. I decided to compile a list of the resources and information that I found throughout my process in hopes that it might help someone else in the future. There are probably more resources out there, but these are the ones I know of:
Some awesome resources
DC Safe: If you need to get a restraining order (see below on this) the Domestic Violence Unit at the DC Courthouse SHOULD refer you to a group called DC Safe. If they don’t, contact them yourself ( 1-800-407-5048). They will provide you with information about other resources, assign you an advocate to help you with your case, and answer any questions you might have. They can’t provide legal advice, but they will try to put you in touch with a pro-bono lawyer if you want them to.
DCVLP: The D.C. Volunteer Lawyers Project . This is an AMAZING resource for many reasons. They represent domestic violence victims pro-bono. They offer a free legal clinic for domestic violence victims every week. They are super serious and dedicated to helping victims.
The Women’s Center: The Women’s Center has locations in Vienna, VA and downtown DC. They provide counseling to abuse and assault victims, educational programs, group therapy sessions, and much more.
DASH: District Alliance for Safe Housing provides safe housing for domestic violence victims in DC.
MSP: My Sister’s Place also provides safe housing for domestic violence victims
Crime Victims Compensation Fund: If you have incurred expenses because you’ve been a victim of a crime (hospital bills, changing your locks, relocating, theft, etc.), you can apply to this fund for reimbursement or direct payment of your expenses. They’ll cover up to a certain amount depending on the expense type, but they will pay for a LOT of various things.
Doorways (In Arlington, VA):
Doorways helps with homelessness, domestic violence, and sexual assault. They have a 24 hour hotline, should you have any questions or concerns. They have 2 safe houses, offer court advocacy assistance, financial planning assistance, and more.
LawHelp.org info: Website with a lot of good, general information on domestic violence, getting help, and preparing for court.
This house is located at 420 Allison Street, Northwest. The listing says:
“Beautiful, Sun-Filled Home in Petworth. Desirable Neighborhood. Tree-Lined Streets. Move-In Ready! Renovated Kitchen with Granite Counters and Charming Back Splash. Lovely Hardwood Floors Throughout. Spacious Home with Two Sun Rooms and Attached Garage! Walking Distance to Metro, and Restaurants. Don’t Miss Out”
“After nearly 20 years in D.C.’s Chinatown, the Goethe-Institut Washington is saying “auf wiedersehen” to its building on 7th Street Northwest. Director Wilfried Eckstein says the landlord wants to raise the rent by more than 60 percent, so the German cultural center will move to K Street Northwest, near Farragut Square, in December.”
The report also says the new spot will be temporary (3 years) and won’t be able to show films. The Goethe-Institut will continue to look for a permanent home.
“Sudhouse is showing the Debate on both floors tonight and extending Happy Hour til 9pm!!!!!”
Duffy’s also will show it as well as Looking Glass Lounge. Could be your last chance to hit a debate at Stetsons before they close. For those who went out for the GOP debates, where were your favorite bars to watch?