December 6, 2017

End The Silence 2017 Success

Together We Made Real And Lasting Change!

During national domestic violence action month this past October, YWCA Spokane successfully ran our 2nd annual End The Silence campaign.

4-Pronged End The Silence Campaign Goal:
  1. Awareness: Increase awareness in our community about services available for domestic violence survivors.
  2. Education: Provide training, resources, and materials for individuals and business including tools explaining how to help if someone you know is in a domestic violence situation.
  3. Allyship: Build partnerships with local businesses, organizations, and educational institutions who want to take a stand against domestic violence and show victims they are not alone, the we are here together as support, and we will no longer be silent about domestic violence.
  4. Prevention: Make conversations about relationship dynamics and how to treat each other with respect a common practice. Provide opportunities for meaningful discussions at the dinner table and in every day situations with those we love, including our children.

A Successful Campaign!

In addition to raising $3500 worth of support for the YWCA’s Alternatives to Domestic Violence Program, over 60 universities, organizations, and local Spokane businesses joined the End The Silence movement. Over 700 people attended a domestic violence training, speaking engagement, forum, or event.  Plus over 13000 people engaged through social media!

The Spokane community really came together to show their support for survivors of domestic violence. Highlights include a Spokane City Counsel proclamation declaring October Domestic Violence Action Month, a custom End The Silence cookie sale at Sweet Frostings Bake Shop, the Spokane Police Department helping to paint the town purple, a concert put on by Spokane community members, as well as several other initiatives launched by local universities, organizations, and businesses who wanted to spread awareness about this important movement.

End The Silence 2017 Photo Gallery

Thank You To Our End The Silence Partners

  • 1st Judicial District Coeur d’Alene, ID
  • ACT Spokane
  • American Indian Community Center
  • ARC
  • Avista
  • Celebrations
  • Central Food
  • CHAS Clinic
  • Children’s Home Society
  • City of Spokane
  • Domestic Violence Coalition
  • Double Tree By Hilton
  • DSHS-Maple location
  • DSHS-Trent location
  • ECEAP-West Central Location
  • EWU-Women and Gender Studies-Cheney
  • Gonzaga University
  • Inland Imaging
  • Juvenile Court Services
  • Kate Burke-City Council
  • Lutheran Community Services NW
  • New Horizon Treatment Center
  • New Horizons
  • North Hill Church
  • OB/GYN Associates of Spokane
  • Olive Garden-Newport Hwy
  • PCAP
  • Providence Health Care
  • Red Robin-Downtown
  • Rockwood Clinic
  • Sacred Heart
  • Salina Family Chiropractic
  • Scotty’s Doghouse
  • Spark Central
  • Spokane Area NOW
  • Spokane Community College
  • Spokane Cops Shop
  • Spokane Falls Community College
  • Spokane Tribe of Indians
  • Wellpinit High School
  • Spokane Veterans Center
  • Spokane Women’s Club
  • The Blind Buck
  • The Gathering Place
  • The Globe
  • The lucky Puppy
  • The Native Project
  • Tomato Street
  • Tortilla Union
  • Tribal TANF
  • Twigs Restaurants
  • Washington State University
  • West Central Community Center
  • YMCA

Help End The Silence

Real change happens at the dinner table and in every day conversations. Help to continue to normalize discussions of health and unhealthy relationship behavior every day. Encourage your networks to adopt a zero tolerance policy for domestic violence to shift our culture’s silent acceptance of violence and helps to create real and lasting change for so many women, children, and families.

Lets keep #EndTheSilience going!
  1. Believe victims of domestic violence
  2. Listen and respond with understanding
  3. Call or refer to YWCA’s 24hr helpline at 509-326-2255
  4. Learn more about domestic violence at
  5. Follow relevant sites/pages and share/discuss what you learn
  6. Post YWCA resource flyers in common areas
  7. Continue the conversation with kiddos/family/friends

Together we can make real and lasting change!

Want to Get Involved?

Contact Nicole Nimens, YWCA Education and Outreach Coordinator, at or call 509-326-1190 to schedule a training, to request resources, and for more information about domestic violence and what you can do to help.

Learn more about End The Silence

By: Erica Schreiber

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