Join The GoodGuys And Take A Stand Against Domestic Violence
A growing movement of men in Spokane working to prevent domestic violence.
Co-founders and long-time YWCA supporters, Doug Kelley of Avista and Manny Hochheimer of Numerica Credit Union, joined together with the YWCA to create a collaborative effort of support called the GoodGuys. “Our Good Guys group started with an idea in 2015, when I was challenged to put together a men’s table for the YWCA’s largest fundraiser of the year, the Women of Achievement awards luncheon,” says Kelley. “As I learned more about how domestic violence is impacting our community and the critical work of YWCA Spokane, I knew we had to do more.”
“We want the community to know that the region recognizes and supports the YWCA Spokane’s efforts to end domestic violence”, expresses Hochheimer. “It was a powerful show of support for a detrimental issue in our community. We invite men to join the GoodGuys and make a clear, strong, public statement that domestic violence is not ok and will not be accepted.”
“The proof is in the statistics,” states Kelley. “This is a community epidemic; 1 in 3 women and 1 in 7 men in Spokane will be impacted by domestic violence. We can no longer be silent about this prevalent issue. This is not a women’s issue, but a community issue. Something that we must all work together to bring an end to.”
GoodGuys Receive YWCA Spokane’s Shining Star Award
Due to successfully achieving their goal of filling 10 tables with GoodGuys at YWCA’s 2016 luncheon, Kelley and Hochheimer were awarded YWCA’s 2017 Shining Star Award. This prestigious annual acknowledgement was given by YWCA staff members who recognized the importance of the GoodGuys’ impact on domestic violence in Spokane.
CALL TO ACTION – JOIN THE GOODGUYS AT WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT 2018
At YWCA’s 36th annual Women of Achievement luncheon, Doug and Manny are making a call out to Spokane men to join them at this year’s awards celebration. To become a GoodGuys Table Captain, and take the lead on filling a table of 10 men register here. To register today as a GoodGuy guest at YWCA’s 2018 awards luncheon, purchase your ticket here and write “GoodGuys” in the comment field.
One-in-three women and one-in-seven men in Spokane are affected by domestic violence. The GOODGUYS believe domestic violence is a community issue that requires a community effort. It will take a commitment from ALL of us to make a difference.
Contact the GoodGuys today to learn more about this movement and how you can get involved.
GOODGUYS WEAR PURPLE
As a part of domestic violence awareness, supporters of the movement wear purple as a visual stand against domestic violence. Why purple? In the United States military, the Purple Heart is presented to those who have been wounded while serving. For survivors of domestic violence, who may also be wounded both physically and emotionally, the color is meant to be a symbol of peace, courage, survival, honor and dedication to ending violence.
Each October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month (now Action Month) is celebrated. It was first observed in 1981 as a national day of unity. It was established by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence to ensure that victims know help is out there and that they are not alone.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Nearly 75 percent of Americans personally know someone who has been a victim of domestic violence. In Washington State, the fatality report now shows 68 domestic violence related deaths in 2015. We must bring greater awareness to this problem and eliminate the stigma that dissuades victims from seeking assistance.
We look forward to growing this community of Spokane men who will no longer stand for domestic violence. Share the GoodGuys movement with your friends, co-workers, and family and help us end domestic violence!