October 1, 2020

Why Take The Challenge?

Content developed by YWCA Spokane Domestic Violence Action Month Committee.

Welcome To The “Learn” Portion of YWCA’s Learn & Give Challenge

This October, during Domestic Violence Action Month, it is our goal at YWCA Spokane to help spread awareness and education about what Intimate Partner Domestic Violence is, how it impacts our community, and what we can do to create real and lasting change.

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Why Take YWCA’s Learn & Give Challenge?

Domestic Violence Is A Community Issue, Impacting The Lives Of Our Friends, Co-Workers, and Families

Chances are that someone in your circle of friends and family has or will be impacted by Domestic Violence. In Spokane, we have the highest rate of domestic violence in Washington State with 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men impacted by domestic violence. There is no limit to how domestic violence can impact our community. To address this devastating issue, we must come together, education ourselves, and step into action. This challenge is designed to inspire real and lasting change in our community and in the lives of the thousands of women, children, and families we serve each year at YWCA Spokane.

What You Need To Know To Get Started

Over the next 4 weeks we will walk you through experiences survivors of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) face. In order to help paint this picture, we will use Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to provide an easy visual to understand the complexities survivors face and YWCA Spokane’s holistic approach to providing comprehensive services.

We will highlight barriers many people experience when dealing with domestic violence such as racism, social segregation, and religious manipulation. We will share with you ways we as a community can support a survivor while they are on their journey of healing.

Although Maslow’s pyramid is a useful tool to take us through this educational series, a survivor’s needs may not mimic this linear model. Often a person’s life circumstances shift unexpectedly and systems, services, and support structures can fail to appropriately meet, care for, or support a person’s dynamic needs.

It is important to note that, for Maslow, the yearning to meet each of the five categories of needs did not unfold in a hierarchical manner. Instead, Maslow argued that the desire to meet all needs is present and deeply entrenched in human nature. Our capacity to do so, however, is what unfolds in a hierarchical manner. This means that the desire to form and maintain meaningful intimate relationships, feel accomplished, and achieve one’s full potential are always present, but can only be confronted when the more basic human needs, including both physiological and safety needs are met.

What You Can Expect From Taking The Challenge

Often unrealistic expectations and assumptions are placed upon victims and survivors.  During this challenge we will explore the realities of domestic violence and what is needed in order to move on to a safer situation.

As you take this challenge you will:
  • Learn what Intimate Partner Domestic Violence is,
  • Address stigmas and misconceptions about why it happens,
  • Gain a better understanding of what survivors deal with and what barriers are in the way of accessing support,
  • And what services are available for survivors and allies in Spokane.

Hold Time For Reflection

We look forward to you joining us for this important challenge. Please invite your friends! We courage groups to move through the challenge together.

Consider holding space to reflect on what you have learned after each topic is released. How did the challenge make you feel? What is something you learned? Did you notice anything about yourself and your current understanding of domestic violence? Consider sharing this new awareness with a friend or group to help deepen your understanding of the information.

Sign Up For The “GIVE” Portion Of The Challenge

You can help us meet our financial goal for our ONE MISSION campaign through a fun, collaborative fundraising challenge that you can customize to make your own. Participants can adjust their goals, track their progress, and even win prizes!

Join us and help YWCA raise $275,000 by October 31st through our ONE MISSION campaign.


Sign Up For The “LEARN” Portion Of The Challenge

If you haven’t already signed up to receive our bi-weekly emails, please fill out the short form below. This series will take a deep dive into the complexities of domestic violence and provide ways you can educate yourself, become a better ally to a survivor, and step into action.


At YWCA Spokane, we see our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women as one mission, not two.

We are proud to launch YWCA Spokane’s new ONE MISSION campaign, a two month celebration of those who live out YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. This campaign honors our 2020 Women of Achievement award winners, invite you to take YWCA’s Learn & Give challenge during Domestic Violence Action Month, and will look to raise $275,000 in service to the 17,000+ women, children, and families supported by YWCA Spokane each year.






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To learn more about sponsorship opportunities contact Dana Morris Lee, YWCA Spokane Chief Philanthropy Officer, at danam@ywcaspokane.org or call 509-742-0111.

By: Erica Schreiber

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