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Breaking the Cycle: A Better Man @ Magic Lantern Theatre
Oct 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Breaking the Cycle: A Better Man is a thought-provoking documentary screening and social justice event focused on raising awareness about domestic violence and promoting positive change. This event aims to shed light on the issue of domestic violence and inspire conversations about accountability, healing, and the importance of breaking the cycle of violence.

Join us for Breaking the Cycle: A Better Man and be a part of the movement to create a safer and more compassionate community.

  • What: A documentary screening of A Better Man
    • View the trailer here!
  • When: Thursday, October 5, 2023 | 6pm – 8pm
  • Where: Magic Lantern Theatre, 25 W Main Ave #125, Spokane
  • Cost: Free and open to the public (registration required)
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Through the screening of the documentary “A Better Man,” attendees will witness the journey of a survivor and the man who abused her, as they come together years later to confront their past and seek understanding and healing. The film provides a unique and empathetic exploration of the complexities surrounding domestic violence, encouraging viewers to reflect on the impact of their own actions and relationships.

After the documentary screening, YWCA Spokane staff will lead a debrief of the documentary. Together we will discuss key takeaways from the film, how larger social factors played a role in the relationship, and what accountability and justice means in practice. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in open dialogue and gain valuable insights from the panelists’ diverse perspectives.

Breaking the Cycle: A Better Man seeks to create a safe and inclusive space for community members, advocates, and survivors to come together, learn, and take action towards ending domestic violence.

Pathways Forward: Digital Abuse & DV @ Virtual Event
Oct 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join YWCA Spokane during Week Without Violence as we engage the community with key Spokane experts and YWCA staff in a progress-minded conversation about how digital abuse impacts survivors of domestic violence.

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  • What: A progress-minded conversation about how digital abuse impacts survivors of domestic violence
  • When: Wednesday, October 18, 2023 | noon – 1:00pm
  • Where: Virtual event (link to access will be provided after registration)
  • Cost: Free and open to the public (registration required)
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Pathways Forward Question Submission - October 18th

Pathways Forward Question Submission - October 18th

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Meet the Panelists

Émilie St-Pierre (she/her)

Privacy & Security Ambassador, Future Ada

Émilie is Senior Manager of Testing and Research at Thermo Fisher Scientific. She has been a cybersecurity professional for over 10 years and specializes in penetration testing- a way of interacting with technology from the point-of-view of a malicious actor in an attempt to exploit vulnerabilities within technical systems. Throughout her career, she has consulted for organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies to the local public sector.

Outside of Thermo Fisher, Émilie is the security ambassador for Future Ada, a Spokane-based non-profit advocating for diversity and inclusion in STEAM. For the past seven years, she has used her experience as an offensive security professional to provide privacy and security education across underrepresented communities. Through her work with Future Ada she has established free regular workshops and one-on-one technical support to the public. Émilie has shared her community-driven and technical expertise with the public at security conferences such as DEF CON, HOPE, BSides Las Vegas and the Diana Initiative.

Chandler Dean (she/her)

Housing Outreach Manager, YWCA Spokane

Chandler has eight years of experience working in victim services supporting survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and victims of crime. The last six years she has been with the YWCA focusing on helping survivors of domestic violence with housing. Through her work she is able to fuel her passion of supporting survivors in finding and creating safe spaces to aid in their personal healing and growth.

In her time away from work she enjoys sharing her creativity and bringing magic and joy to her online followers and people in Spokane through performance art.

Meet the Moderator

Jemma Riedel-Johnson (she/her)

Community Engagement Coordinator, YWCA Spokane

Jemma educates and connects people with YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. She has trained and engaged over 1,000 individuals last year through domestic violence education and racial & social justice work. Jemma has been involved with nonprofits for over 10 years and is dedicated to fighting for equity through advocacy and education. She holds a Master of Science in Communications with a Graduate Certificate in Gender & Sexuality Studies from Eastern Washington University.


This Pathways Forward event is part of our larger Domestic Violence Action Month (DVAM) campaign that runs throughout October. Learn more about this campaign at


Progress Minded Community Conversations

Pathways Forward is a free, virtual, educational, roundtable discussion series designed to pave a path forward by engaging the community in conversations with local experts, leaders, and YWCA staff members.

Find past Pathways Forward events here.