Frequently Asked Questions:

Does the YWCA Spokane safe shelter only serve women?

YWCA proudly services all people regardless of identified gender. Our safe shelter services people who identify as women but we do have accommodations for men or people who identify as male. Please reach out to us and let us know if you have any special accommodations needed. Our services do not discriminate based on citizenship status, and refugees and undocumented immigrants are welcome to our services as well. We welcome women of all sexualities, religions, socioeconomic statuses, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and ages.

Is there is a cost for services?

No, there is no cost for services.

Does YWCA Spokane serve perpetrators of domestic violence?

No, due to grant restrictions we can only provide services to victims and survivors of intimate partner violence. If you are needing resources for perpetrators, please feel free to call 211 for local resources or you can call our front desk 509-789-9297.

I’m in need of housing resources, how can the YWCA help me?

We have different services available to help victims/survivors navigate the housing system, provide housing referrals and resources and help a survivor discuss their safe housing options. Our housing advocates are available through our 24-hour hotline to assist victims/survivors with their various housing needs. Please call our 24-hour hotline for more information.

What is domestic violence?

Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior in which one person establishes and maintains power and control over another person. Abuse can be physical, mental, emotional, sexual, financial, spiritual, and/or cultural abuse. Victims or perpetrators can be men, women or people who identify as nonbinary.

How can men help end domestic violence?

Men can help end domestic violence by learning about and by participating in conversations with their children, loved ones and peer groups on healthy relationships. You can contact the YWCA for more information on hosting a training for your employer and watch Dr. Jackson Katz’s TED Talk for more information on engaging men in the anti-violence movement.

How do I get a protection order?

We have civil legal advocates here at the YWCA who can help survivors fill out and complete an order of protection. We can also provide support at follow up court hearings and assist survivors with safety planning around the order of protection. Legal advocates have walk-in hours-please call our front desk or legal advocate general line for more information.

How do I get into the therapy program?

The YWCA proudly offers mental health therapy to victims/survivors of intimate partner violence and their children. We encourage all survivors to meet with our advocate counselors first to address basic safety and stability needs and can then place a referral into the mental health program. After a referral is made, a therapist will follow up within 3-4 weeks of the referral. The advocate counselors have a variety of walk-in hours throughout the week as well as appointment times to schedule appointments.

What is an advocates role?

Advocates role at the YWCA is to provide one on one emotional support, safety planning and resource referrals to clients in need of services. Advocates provide education regarding the dynamics of domestic violence and also healthy relationships. Advocates provide a non-judgmental safe space for clients to talk about what’s going on and help find safe options. All crisis line advocates are mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect, threats of suicide and endangerment.

I’ve experienced emotional abuse, but not physical abuse. Can I still come in for services?

Yes, our services are available to all survivors of intimate partner violence regardless of the type of violence a survivor has experienced. Each survivor has their own unique experiences and their own unique set of options. Give our hotline a call or come in for walk-in hours to speak with an advocate. We’re here to help.