Bay Haven DV/SA Shelter

Helping victims of domestic violence/sexual assault (DV/SA) through advocacy and support from Hooper Bay, Scammon Bay and Chevak, Alaska.

Who We Are


To provide a safe shelter and empowering services for families experiencing domestic violence or sexual assault, and to provide resources that improve and promote health, wellness and the quality of life.


To empower and nurture our generations utilizing our traditional values as our guide and foundation; to revitalize the tools and skills that our elders and ancestors used, to live in harmony in a community free of violence.

About Bay Haven

Emergency Shelter services are confidential.

Bay Haven DV/SA Shelter can provide emergency shelter up to one month while advocates provide support and referral information for victims of domestic violence/sexual assault from the communities of Hooper Bay, Scammon Bay, and Chevak.

  • Emergency Shelter services or referrals to other DV/SA Shelters
  • Legal advocacy as well as court accompaniment upon request
  • Traditional family wellness education groups
  • Community outreach education
  • Referrals for wrap-around services that support continuous safety planning
  • Transportation assistance to Bay Haven may be available

Our Story

Bay Haven Shelter

The Bay Haven Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Shelter opened its doors on June 19, 2020, in response to the need for an emergency shelter for victims of these crimes. Leaders from the Native Village of Hooper Bay, Scammon Bay and Chevak partnered with the Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. (RurAL CAP), the U.S. Department of Justice, Sea Lion Corporation and many other sponsors, donors and volunteers to create an emergency shelter program serving the needs of the subregion in western Alaska. Guided by an Advisory Committee of community members, the shelter can serve up to 15 clients, with a service delivery model that focuses on providing holistic support and advocacy for domestic violence or sexual assault victims (including access to counseling, legal support and other resources) and community education to break the cycle of abuse. Bay Haven also provides group support activities throughout the week where shelter residents can come together and learn about overcoming abuse, safety planning, women’s issues, traditional healing and subsistence living. The shelter incorporates volunteers from the community who can teach skills and share during times where story telling comes naturally. Women can work on their craft, while sharing their healing journeys. Protective factors in response to trauma and healing include the right to speak their Yup’ik language, eat their native food, respect for our caring elders, learning child rearing and being able to practice, and in some cases, relearn their traditional way of living thru Calricaraq and Qungasvik.

Resource Links

Alaska 2-1-1

Alaska 2-1-1 is your one-stop resource for finding help in your community. It’s free, confidential and available in almost any language. For life challenges or everyday needs, help starts here.

Alaska Court System: Self Help

The Center is staffed by skilled neutral people who provide valuable legal information and educational materials as a public service.

National Domestic Violence Hotline

24/7 support. Contacts to The Hotline can expect highly-trained, expert advocates to offer free, confidential, and compassionate support, crisis intervention information, education, and referral services in over 200 languages.

Rural Alaska Community Action Program

The Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. (RurAL CAP), founded in 1965, is a private, statewide, nonprofit organization working to improve the quality of life for low-income Alaskans.


October is nationally recognized for Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. It is a special time to celebrate survivors, honor those who have passed on, raise awareness, and stand with one another in our commitment to preventing violence in partner relationships across Alaska.

Alaska Law Help

AlaskaLawHelp is a guide to civil legal services and resources for low-income persons and seniors in Alaska. This site provides information on various free and low-cost legal programs in Alaska.

Alaska Tribal Justice Resource Center

The new ATJRC website promotes tribal self-governance, inter-community collaboration, and Alaskan sustainability. It provides resources focused on a variety of emerging justice trends: tribal public safety and law enforcement, tribal courts and restorative justice, and community reintegration programs for citizens returning from incarceration. 

State of Alaska Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Covid-19 and mitigation resources from the Office of Governor Mike Dunleavy, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, and Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

The Resource Basket

The Resource Basket provides a hub for communities to share successes and resources. Organizations, families and Elders will be able to connect with statewide partners and experts to support and inspire Alaska’s youth.

SOA Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

The Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault’s mission is to provide safety for Alaskans victimized or impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault.


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This project was supported by Grant No. 2019-TW-AS-0013 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Justice.
This website was produced by RurALCAP under 2018-VO-GX-0124, 2019-VO-GX-0024, 2019-VO-GX-0096 awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

This is a RurAL CAP affiliated program.

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