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Program Impact

12,250


Women receive support and advocacy to rebuild their lives after experiencing domestic violence.

Domestic Violence Services

2,927


Children and mothers develop new tools needed for success in life including job and school readiness.

Education & Job Training

2,400


Children and youth receive outreach and counseling to help cope with trauma and develop health relationship skills.

Children's Services

It Takes Courage

I didn’t recognize all the signs. They started so small and built up slowly over time. It wasn’t all bad. A lot of it was really wonderful. The violent episodes were sometimes years apart. That is what made it so hard, so confusing.

Get Involved

SPEAK UP – ADVOCATE

Your voice has power and can have an amazing impact in your community. There are many ways you can get involved and make a difference in the lives of women, children, and families on a local level and nationally.

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MAKE AN IMPACT – VISIONARY WOMEN

We believe in a community where all women and children have a safe place to live. A place where women have the opportunity to earn a livable wage and families can live free from violence, in peace, and with dignity.

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Upcoming events

Featured Event

Women of Achievement 2018 Oct 4

YWCA Spokane's 36th annual Women of Achievement Impact Luncheon will be held on Thursday, October 4th, 2018 from 11:30am-1:30pm in the beautiful Davenport Grand Hotel Ballroom. 

Women of Achievement 2018

Upcoming Events

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Chalk Walk Mondays @ YWCA Spokane
Oct 1 @ 12:00 am – 12:00 am

Chalk Walk Mondays

Every Monday in October we encourage the community to have a chalk walk in support of victims and survivors of Intimate Partner Domestic Violence (IPDV), and also to encourage healthy relationships conversations within our community. Whether you decide to write encouraging words to survivors, draw pictures, or talk about dynamics of a healthy relationship, this will support the efforts for Domestic Violence Action Month (DVAM). We encourage all businesses, organizations, and schools to be a part of this, and we will also have this happening outside of  YWCA Spokane on both sides of the entrance.

End the Silence Campaign

This weekly campaign is part of our 3rd annual End The Silence Campaign. A growing number of individuals, institutions, organizations, and businesses are pledging to End The Silence by engaging in a full month of events and activities designed to promote healthy relationships, end victim blaming, and let victims and survivors know they are not alone.

Throughout October, YWCA Spokane will encourage our community to speak up, speak out, and visually show support against the devastating silence that surrounds domestic violence. Dually tied to this goal of supporting survivors is preventing the phenomenon altogether. This month, we encourage parents to have real conversations with their children about the reality of domestic violence in order to take away the stigma survivors carry, along with teaching children about healthy relationship practices. Community members and local businesses are asked identify themselves as allies for domestic violence victims through a series of easy ways they can join this movement and make a difference this October. Learn how you can help end the silence.

End the Silence Cookies at Sweet Frostings @ Sweet Frosting's Blissful Bakeshop
Oct 1 @ 7:00 am – Oct 30 @ 6:00 pm
End the Silence Cookies at Sweet Frostings @ Sweet Frosting's Blissful Bakeshop

Come by Sweet Frosting’s Blissful Bakeshop throughout the month of October to get a special End the Silence cookie! Each cookie is $4.00, and half of the proceeds go toward Domestic Violence Action Month efforts. This is a fun, delicious way to get involved with your Spokane community!

Details

The entire month of October will feature cookies on sale. Sweet Frosting’s will be selling cookies during normal business hours of 7:00 am to 6:00 pm Sunday-Friday, and Saturdays from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.

These cookies will support YWCA Spokane’s efforts for Domestic Violence Action Month this October. Stop by Sweet Frosting’s and snap a photo with your cookie and post it with the hashtag #endthesilence!

End the Silence Campaign

This event is part of our 3rd annual End The Silence Campaign. A growing number of individuals, institutions, organizations, and businesses are pledging to End The Silence by engaging in a full month of events and activities designed to promote healthy relationships, end victim blaming, and let victims and survivors know they are not alone.

Throughout October, YWCA Spokane will encourage our community to speak up, speak out, and visually show support against the devastating silence that surrounds domestic violence. Dually tied to this goal of supporting survivors is preventing the phenomenon altogether. This month, we encourage parents to have real conversations with their families about the reality of domestic violence in order to take away the stigma survivors carry, along with teaching children about healthy relationship practices. Community members and local businesses are asked identify themselves as allies for domestic violence victims through a series of easy ways they can join this movement and make a difference this October. Learn how you can help end the silence.

 

Cupcakes & Champagne @ Steam Plant
Oct 1 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

You and a guest are invited to join YWCA Spokane’s private celebration of our 3rd annual End The Silence campaign during Domestic Violence Action Month (DVAM).

Located at the Steam Plant’s unique venue on Monday, October 1st from 5pm-7:30pm, we will kick off the start of this critical local campaign which asks community members to join us on our mission to End The Silence with domestic violence.

Guests will enjoy delicious cupcakes from Sweet Frosting Blissful Bakeshop, appetizers provided courtesy of Allstate, and a complimentary glass of champagne. Tickets to fantastic raffle prizes and additional beverages will be available with a donation in support of domestic violence survivors and the End The Silence movement.

Painting The Town Purple This October

Supporters of the movement wear purple as a visual stand against domestic violence. Why purple? In the United States military, the Purple Heart is presented to those who have been wounded while serving. For survivors of domestic violence, who may also be wounded both physically and emotionally, the color is meant to be a symbol of peace, courage, survival, honor, and dedication to ending violence. 

In addition to enjoying purple accented treats and beverages, consider donning purple attire and accessories to the event and throughout the month of October. To start the month off right, we will celebrate the Steam Plant’s stacks turning purple! Don’t miss it!

Purple Purse of Honor

The Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse campaign is dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence through financial empowerment. 

Locally, Allstate has been an important partner in YWCA Spokane’s movement to end the silence. During this event, Allstate will recognize a locally nominated individual who has made a significant contribution to ending domestic violence in Spokane with a signature Purple Purse designed by Serena Williams.

We hope that you will join us and help YWCA Spokane ensure a successful start to this year’s Domestic Violence Action Month and End The Silence campaign!

Who Is Invited

YWCA Spokane invites our deeply valued Mission Partners, board and staff, and core supporters, plus a guest, to attend this special celebration of our collaboration and efforts to impact change and inspire action in our community.  Please RSVP below to help our team prepare for a successful evening.

RSVP For Cupcakes & Champagne

Questions about the evening or about this year’s End The Silence campaign and activities, can be directed to YWCA Spokane’s Educator and Outreach Coordinator, Nicole Nimens, at nicolen@ywcaspokane.org or by calling 789-9290.

Thank You To Our Event Sponsor

Since 2005, The Allstate Foundation and their Purple Purse program has been committed to raising awareness for domestic violence and financial abuse as a prevalent — and often misunderstood — issue in our society today. With over $60 million invested nationally, their efforts have helped over 1.3 million survivors of domestic violence. We are deeply grateful for their partnership locally and nationally and for their support of this special event.


Domestic Violence Is A Community Issue

Reducing family trauma and violence has been selected by Priority Spokane and the Spokane Regional Health District as a top community concern.  We must come together to address the prevalence of domestic violence in our city. A problem which affects our families, our community, and our economic health. We thank you so much for joining YWCA Spokane on this important mission.

About End The Silence

Momentum is building and our team is excited to launch the 3rd year of this crucial campaign. A growing number of individuals, institutions, organizations, and businesses are pledging to End The Silence by engaging in a full month of events and activities designed to promote healthy relationships, end victim blaming, and let victims and survivors know they are not alone.

Throughout October, YWCA Spokane will encourage our community to speak up, speak out, and visually show support against the devastating silence that surrounds domestic violence. Community members and local businesses are asked identify themselves as allies for domestic violence victims through a series of easy ways they can join this movement and make a difference this October.

Learn More About End The Silence