June 15, 2021

Day 6: Domestic Violence

DAY 6 Of YWCA Spokane’s 14-Day Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge

We hope this challenge provides you with an opportunity to better understand concepts related to race, power, privilege, and leadership.

DAY 1 | DAY 2 | DAY 3 | DAY 4 | DAY 5 | DAY 6 | DAY 7 | DAY 8 | DAY 9 | DAY 10 | DAY 11 | DAY 12 | DAY 13 | DAY 14

Thank you for taking this challenge! If this is your first day of joining us for the 14-Day Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge, welcome. If you are returning after previous engagement with the challenge, nice work! We are glad you are here. Each weekday from Tuesday, June 8th through Friday, June 25th, YWCA Spokane will send those who sign up for our challenge emails prompting you to make time to learn about racial equity and social justice.

We encourage everyone to talk about what you are learning with friends, share on social media with #ywcaequitychallenge, and take time to reflect on your personal insights after each challenge using this reflection log. Consider joining our Racial & Social Justice Facebook Group to continue the conversation online and connect with others.

DAY 6: domestic violence

Domestic violence affects people of all gender identities and races. However, women, communities of color, and those in the LGBTQ+ community are especially affected by domestic violence and are statistically harmed at higher rates compared to other groups.

1 in 4 women in the U.S. will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, and more than 40% of Black women will. According to the CDC, 44% of lesbian women, 61% of bisexual women, and at least 50% of transgender people report having experienced intimate partner violence of some kind. The CDC also reports that Black and American Indian/Alaska Native women experience the highest rates of homicide, and that over half (55%) of those homicides were related to intimate partner violence. It is important to note that incidents of domestic violence are often underreported, so rates may be even higher than existing data reflects.

YWCA USA is the single largest network of domestic and sexual violence service providers in the nation. More than 150 YWCAs across 44 states provide gender-based violence services. YWCA Spokane offers a wide variety of services for those who have experienced domestic violence, including legal support, safety planning, mental health services, housing advocacy, employment support, and much more. Our 24 hour helpline can be reached at 509-326-2255, and you can read more about the services we offer on our website.

If you have…

5 Minutes


10 Minutes


1 hour

and and
Review this graphic 
of the Power & Control Wheel from our website to better understand the dynamics of domestic violence. 
and Read this article 
to learn more about local trends in domestic violence amidst the pandemic.
and Explore this guide
on how to be an ally to survivors of domestic violence in the community. 

: Check out Day 11 of last year’s challenge to learn more about the impact of identity on domestic violence.

daily Reflection

Once you have completed today’s challenge, take a moment to reflect on any insights you experienced. How did the challenge make you feel? What is something you learned? Did you notice anything about yourself after taking the challenge? Consider sharing this new awareness with a friend or group to help deepen your understanding of the information. Consider tracking your reflections on the below daily log or joining our online Facebook group to encourage daily sharing with each other about the challenge topics.

Challenge Reflection Log

Share each challenge online with #YWCAEquityChallenge

DAY 1 | DAY 2 | DAY 3 | DAY 4 | DAY 5 | DAY 6 | DAY 7 | DAY 8 | DAY 9 | DAY 10 | DAY 11 | DAY 12 | DAY 13 | DAY 14

Do you have resources you think we should share? Any insights you would like to share with us? We welcome you to share by leaving your comments here. Thank you!

By: Rachel Dannen

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