A Powerful Show of Support For Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence
Thursday, October 31st, 2019 marks the end of YWCA Spokane’s 4th annual End The Silence campaign during national Domestic Violence Action Month. We are incredibly grateful for the many ways individuals, organizations, donors, and businesses stepped up to engage in action this month.
Purple is the national color showing support for survivors of domestic violence. So many of you helped us “paint the town purple” by wearing swag, lighting up your buildings and homes, dying your hair, dressing up your pets, and attending and supporting our events. Wonderful photos capturing your efforts are displayed below.
To review the many activities provided throughout the month of October for this year’s End The Silence campaign, click here.
End The Silence To End The Violence
With family violence and trauma seen as one the highest priorities our city needs to address, this year, Spokane responded in full force. In addition to engaging in YWCA’s End The Silence activities that help victims know they are not alone, a coalition of community partners called the Spokane Regional Domestic Violence Coalition developed a new campaign called End The Violence that brought wide attention to the devastating impact family violence has on our community.
Silence has surrounded the complexity of intimate partner violence for way too long. We know that intimate partner violence thrives under isolation. By coming together as a community in support of survivors in a public way, we are acknowledging the situation so many victims face and letting them know they are not alone! We are here for you when you need us most!
Thank you sincerely to the many community partners who stepped up in action this October. Special thanks go to Nicole Nimens, YWCA Education and Outreach Coordinator, for leading the campaign and to major partners Avista and the Steamplant, Trish Nicholls with the Allstate Purple Purse Foundation, Sally Winfrey with Sweet Frostings Blissful Bakeshop, and the Stop The Silence community.
We would also like to thank Lauren Kial Photography, Glen Dow Academy, Lutheran Community Services Northwest, and Arc of Spokane, Spokane Community College, Gonzaga University, Whitworth University, Washington State University, Northtown Mall, and Zome for their support and participation.
Thank you to partners who provide raffle prizes for our Cupcakes and Champagne event, including: Spiceology, Mauna Massage, Creations by Kristin, Lovely Little Unicorn Boutique, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Wide World of Golf, Incrediburger, Globe Bar & Kitchen, Nicole Nevehoven-Art, Think Tank Escape Room, and Esmeralda Golf Course with Zack Spencer.
Thanks to Glen Dow Academy, Catholic Charities of Eastern Washington, Baskets for Babies, Spokane Community College, Cut It Out, and State Wide CASA Conference for hosting domestic violence training this October. If you are interested in hosting a training, learn more here.
We would like to also make sure to thank the End The Silence Committee who made such a robust month of activities and events possible. Thank you to Emily Schneider, Dawn Hart, Brit Wilson, Teresa Marie, Kaylee Jackson, Erica Schreiber, and Drew Swanson.
“We love supporting women and children. This is a major problem in Spokane and we love that we are able to be involved”. -Sally Winfrey Owner of Sweet Frostings Blissful Bakeshop