Domestic Violence Action Month

Raise awareness and inspire action this October.

Shine a Light for Survivors this October

Each October, YWCA Spokane looks to increase awareness about the prevalence of domestic violence in our community, inspire action that is focused on creating lasting change, and encourage community-wide participation.

Why this Work is Important

Domestic violence is an urgent issue in our community. Spokane has the highest reported rate of domestic violence in Washington State with 14.2 offenses per 1,000 (2020), compared to the 7.2 state average. In the last 5 years, almost 25% of all violent crime in Spokane is related to domestic violence.

Together, we can respond to this crisis. If we are able to recognize the signs of domestic violence, respond appropriately to help survivors, and refer to meaningful services, we can step into action and help change this statistic.

Support This Work

Make a Gift Today to Support Survivors

In order to ensure our free and confidential services remain available to the 15,000 women, men, children, and families who seek us out each year when they are impacted by domestic violence, homelessness, and unemployment, we rely on the financial support of friends like you. Consider making a gift in support of this work today.

Custom DVAM Banner

Use the form to sponsor one or more custom DVAM banners that will display downtown Spokane each October in support of domestic violence action month. Sponsored banners will display a special custom message provided by you or your organization. Please direct any questions to

NOTE: In the comment field below, please provide a custom 49 character message that will display at the bottom of each sponsored banner.

Get Involved

Be Inspired

Watch this recording of a local survivor who shares her experience with domestic violence. Her story shifts the focus from a survivor's endurance and towards their capacity to heal and build a future they deserve, one free from violence.

Watch Video

Attend a Training

It takes a whole community to end Intimate Partner Violence, and the first step is to understand the issue. Our DV 101 training covers what intimate partner violence is, how to support survivors, and access our free and confidential services.

Free Training

Learn with Friends

Consider going through our free online educational series with your friends, family, and colleagues to help normalize conversations about this prevalent issue in our community. Share about these opportunities with your network.

Learn with Us