History / About Us


Late 1990's

In the late 1990’s, a countywide survey conducted by the Mason County Health Department and Mason General Hospital identified domestic violence as one of the top health concerns facing the County. At that time, Mason County was one of only two counties in the State without a domestic violence shelter.  


Turning Pointe was incorporated on February 11, 2000. Initial DV services were provided by volunteers until funding through an on-going DSHS state grant allowed permanent staff to be hired. Housing was available to clients only through vouchers to local motels or other shelters. Services included domestic violence advocacy, a 24-hour crisis line, referrals to other shelters, and support and educational groups.


Turning Pointe opened one of the largest domestic violence emergency shelters in Washington State.  The Shelter is pet-friendly allowing survivors to keep the entire family together while seeking safety.  Advocacy services are available to men, women and children (see populations served).


Turning Pointe opened a satellite office in Belfair in 2010 serving survivors in North Mason and Kitsap.


In 2017, Turning Pointe broadened its programs to include the survivors of sexual assault, and its name became, “Turning Pointe Survivor Advocacy Center.”


Turning Pointe began its first ever youth-specific services with the new Youth and Prevention Program in 2019. The program has expanded exponentially, even during the pandemic, with close to 100 youth served individually per year, new partnerships formed with the YMCA and Boys & Girls Clubs of North Mason, and others.

Each Year

Each year Turning Pointe serves over 500 individuals with various programs to support survivors of both domestic violence and sexual assault.

Shelton Domestic Violence Shelter Kitchen