Sylvia’s Alliance

Sylvia’s Alliance is a student-led group that aims to elevate the culture at UWSOM around issues of trauma and violence.

Sylvia's Alliance logoOur Mission

Awareness: Increase awareness and understanding among medical students on gender-based violence and its consequences to health, as it relates to our learning environment and future patients

Education: Improve and develop curriculum around gender-based violence within UWSOM and provide students with training on trauma-informed care through partnerships with local organizations and advocates.

Outreach and resources: Partner with community organizations in the WWAMI region serving survivors of gender-based violence. Connect medical trainees to accessible gender-based violence resources throughout the WWAMI region and empower them with practical information to support themselves,  colleagues, and patients who may be experiencing harm.

Sylvia’s Story

Sylvia, a survivor of intimate partner violence, established an endowment with UWSOM to research domestic violence and help provide programs for those who have suffered this trauma. Her story serves as a reminder of the work we must continue to do to foster a culture free of violence. This organization lives in her honor. 


Meet the Executive Board of Sylvia’s Alliance

Mariebeth B. Velasquez, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept of Family Medicine; Faculty Advisor - UW Queer Medical Student Affinity Group. Pronouns: she/her/hers.

Sonya Ahuja

MD Candidate 2025. Pronouns: she/her/hers.

Elana King-Nakaoka

MD Candidate 2025 Pronouns: she/her/hers.

Meghal Sheth

MD Candidate 2025. Pronouns: she/her/hers.

Zoe Virta

MD Candidate 2025. Pronouns: she/her/hers.

Sydney Roberts

MD Candidate 2026. Pronouns: she/her/hers.

Contact us

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Mandatory Reporting Laws

In the United States, mandatory reporting laws for healthcare workers vary by state. However, many states require healthcare workers to report incidents of domestic violence and sexual assault to law enforcement or other designated agencies.

Each of the following WWAMI states have mandatory reporting laws for healthcare workers regarding domestic violence and/or sexual assault:

The University of Washington School of Medicine has a policy on reporting incidents of sexual assault and domestic violence, which applies to all healthcare workers at the University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, and the University of Washington Neighborhood Clinics. The policy states that healthcare workers are required to report incidents of sexual assault or domestic violence to appropriate authorities in accordance with state law. 

Resources for each WWAMI state

We have compiled a list of resources in each WWAMI state. Find resources for the relevant states here:

To seek care, help a friend or family member, or report an incident to the University of Washington:

Sexual Assault

To find medical providers by county, specifically trained to provide care to victims of sexual assault, or to find guidelines and resources for how to conduct a sexual assault exam:

For a complete list of all sexual assault resources in Washington State, organized by city:

Domestic Violence 

To find a complete list of all domestic violence programs in Washington State, organized by county:

For a complete list of all sexual assault and domestic violence resources in Wyoming, organized by county:

Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault:

Information about Domestic Violence and Protection Orders:



Alaska Network on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault:


StrongHearts Native Helpline: 


Search by county

Healthy Relationships Team (HeaRT) (Aleutian Pribilof): 


Standing Together Against Rape (STAR) (Anchorage, Eagle River, Eklutna, Girdwood, Mat-Su Valley):

(907) 276-7273 


Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis (AWAIC) (Anchorage, Mat-Su Valley, Eagle River, Girdwood): 

(907) 272-0100

Alaska Native Justice Center (ANJC) (Statewide, Anchorage, Mat-Su):

(907) 793-3550

Tundra Women’s Coalition (TWC) (Bethel): 

(907) 543-3456; Toll Free: 1-800-478-7799

Cordova Family Resource Center (CFRC) (Cordova, Cape Yakataga, Chisana, Chitina, Eyak, Kenny Lake, McCarthy, Nubesna, Tonsina, Yakutat): 

(907) 424-4357; Toll Free: 1-866-790-4357

Helping Ourselves Prevent Emergencies (HOPE) (Craig, Prince of Wales Island): 

(907) 826-4673 

Safe and Fear-Free Environment (SAFE) (Dillingham): 

(907) 842-2316; Toll Free: 1-800-478-2316 

Emmonak Women’s Shelter (EWS) (Emmonak and surrounding areas): 

(907) 949-1434

Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living (IAC) (Fairbanks): 

(907) 452-7273; Toll Free: 1-800-478-7273

Becky’s Place Haven of Hope (Haines, Klukwan, Skagway, Yakutat, Hoonah, Angoon): 

Office Line: (907) 766-2105 Cell: (907) 303-0076 

South Peninsula Haven House (SPHH) (Homer, Anchor Point, Dolina, Fritz Creek, Happy Valley, Kachemak City, Kachemak Selo, Nanwalek, Nikolaevsk, Ninilchik, Port Graham, Razdolna, Seldovia, Voznesenka): 

(907) 235-7712; Toll Free: 1-800-478-7712

AWARE (Juneau, Elfin Cove, Gustavus, Hoonah, Klukwan, Pelican, Skagway, Tenakee Springs, Yakutat): 

(907) 586-1090; Toll Free: 1-800-478-1090

LeeShore Center (Central peninsula, Kenai, Soldotna, and surrounding area): 

907) 283-7257

Women in Safe Homes (WISH) (Ketchikan, Metlakatla, Petersburg, Saxman, Prince of Wales Island, Thorne Bay, Wrangell): 

(907) 225-9474; Toll Free: 1-800-478-9474

Kodiak Women’s Resource Center (KWRCC) (Kodiak, Akhiok, Chiniak, Danger Bay, Kodiak Island Borough, Karluk, Larsen Bay, Old Harbor, Ouzinkie, Port Lions): 

(907) 486-3625

Maniilaq Family Crisis Center (MFCC) (Kotzebue, Ambler, Buckland, Candle, Deering, Kiana, Kivalina, Kobuk, Noatak, Noorvik, Pt. Hope, Seawik, Shungnak): 

(907) 442-3969 

Bering Sea Women’s Group (BSWG) (Nome, Brevig Mission, Diomede, Elim, Gambell, Golovin, Koyuk, Savoonga, Shaktoolik, Shishmaref, Stebbins, St. Michael, Teller, unalakleet, Wales, White Mountain): 

(907) 443-5444; Toll Free: 1-800-570-5444 

Alaska Family Services (AFS) (Palmer):

(907) 746-4080; Toll-free 1-866-746-4080 

Working Against Violence for Everyone (WAVE) (Petersburg): 

Office Line: (907) 772-9283; Crisis Line: (907) 772-9283

Seward Prevention Coalition (Eastern Kenai Peninsula – Seward; Lowell Point, Moose Pass, Cooper Landing, Hope): 

Office Line: (907) 362-1843; Crisis Line: (907) 362-1843

Sitkans Against Family Violence (SAFV) (Sitka, Angoon, Kake, Port Alexander): 

(907) 747-3370; Toll Free: 1-800-478-6511; Text line (8am – 11pm daily): (907) 623-7820

Unalaskans Standing Against Family Violence (USAFV) (Unalaska, Dutch Harbor, Adaq, Akutan, Atka, Cold Bay, Nikolski, King Cove, Nelson Lagoon, Port Moller, Sand Point, St. George, St. Paul): 

(907) 581-1500; Toll Free: 1-800-478-7238

Arctic Women in Crisis (AWIC) (Utqiaġvik/Barrow, Anaktuvuk Pass, Atqasuk, Kaktovik, Nuiqsut, Pt. Hope, Pt. Lay, Wainwright): 

(907) 852-0267; Toll Free: 1-800-478-0267

Advocates for Victims of Violence (AVV) (Valdez, Chitina, Christochina, Copper Center, Glenallen, Gulkana, Gukona, Kenny Lake, Mendeltna, Tatilek, Tolsona): 

(907) 835-2999; Toll Free: 1-800-835-4044

For a complete list of all sexual assault and domestic violence resources in Montana, organized by county:

Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (Boise):  


Advocates Against Family Violence (Caldwell):

Phone line: (208) 459- 4779

Crisis Text line: (208) 614-7671

Rose Advocates Family Resource (Cascade, McCall):


Safe Passage (Coeur d’Alene): 

Voice: (208) 664-9303

Text: (208) 449-7228

The Advocates (Hailey): 


YWCA (Lewiston, Kamiah, Orofino, Grangeville): 

(202) 467-0801

Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse (Moscow): 



Elmore County Domestic Violence Council (Mountain Home):

Office Phone: (208) 590-0379

Crisis Hotline: (208) 587-3300

Family Services Alliance (Pocatello): 

(208) 251- HELP (4357)

(208) 251- HELP (4357)

LillyBrooke Family Justice Center (Sandpoint): 

(208) 265-3586

Voices Against Violence (Twin Falls, Jerome): 

(208) 733-0100



Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673

Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233

Education about trauma-informed care

What is trauma informed care (TIC)?

Trauma informed care involves understanding that trauma is common and presents differently in each individual, recognizing the signs and symptoms of trauma, actively avoiding retraumatization, and supporting recovery. 

The following resources can help guide students in adopting best practices for addressing trauma. 

Past Event Recordings

2023 Panel “Understanding Intimate Partner Violence: Medical, Social, and Legal Perspectives” with Carrie Myers, MD (Emergency Medicine Physician in Spokane), Natasha Wilson (Supervisor for Criminal Advocates in the DV Unit at King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office), Nicole Jackson, MD, MPH (Associate Medical Examiner for King County), and Valerie Ross MS, LMFT (Associate Teaching Professor and Behavioral Scientist in the Department of Family Medicine)

Upcoming Events

All meetings are held over Zoom unless otherwise noted

  • TBD: Anger Management Forum and Bystander Training for Healthcare Workers
  • TBD: Community Outreach and Service Opportunities

Email if you would like to attend any of these presentations.