Help with Domestic Violence
Alternatives to Domestic Violence Program
Spokane’s only state-recognized domestic violence program for victims and survivors. Our services are free, confidential, and designed to empower survivors through knowledge and connection to resources. Having a domestic violence charge against you doesn’t mean you can’t access Alternatives to Domestic Violence Program.
Call 509.789.9297 to speak with our friendly support staff.
What is Domestic Violence
Domestic violence means different things to different people. For the YWCA, we view domestic violence as any situation where one partner in an intimate relationship tries to maintain power and control over the other person. We view the survivor as the person who the controlling behavior is aimed at. Our services are for the survivors and their children.
Often, it is difficult to identify various forms of abuse, particularly when they are indirect or not as obvious as physical and/or sexual violence. The YWCA Power and Control Wheel diagram is a particularly helpful tool in understanding the overall pattern of abusive and violent behaviors which are used to establish and maintain control over a partner.
How We Can Help
- 24- Hour Domestic Violence Helpline: 509-326-CALL(2255) FAQs
- Anyone experiencing domestic violence or who has a friend who is experiencing domestic violence is welcome to call this helpline at any time. This service can be used to troubleshoot, as a resource guidance, to connect you to partnering services, or for a friendly person to talk through a difficult situation with.
- Safety Planning
- In addition to the suggestions we provide here, our support team is available to help you create a customized safety plan for your own situation. Consider calling the counseling center at 509.789.9297 with any questions or to schedule a one-on-one appointment.
- Shelter and Housing for survivors and their children
- Legal Representation and Support
- Counseling and Support
- Support for children and youth who have experienced trauma
How to Access Services
- 24-Hour Domestic Violence Helpline: 509-326-CALL (2255)
- Call the counseling office at 509.789.9297 during business hours to ask questions or to schedule a consultation.
- Monday – Thurs: 8am-noon, 1pm-5pm
- Friday: 8am-noon, 1-3pm
- Stop by to receive immediate support during Wrap Around Wednesday, a public clinic designed to provide access to as many of our services as possible in one setting. These sessions are condensed versions to get a survivor setup with action steps as soon as possible.
- Every Wednesday 1-5pm
- This service is offered on a first come-first serve basis. We suggest you arrive at 12:45pm as this service often reaches maximum capacity each week.
- If you are unsure if this is the right place to start, call our 24hr helpline to help you assess the situation.
- Every Wednesday 1-5pm
Planning for your safety
Following these suggestions can’t guarantee your safety, but it could help make you safer. However, it is important that you create a safety plan that is right for you. Not all of these suggestions will work for everyone, and some could even place you in greater danger. You have to do what you think is best to keep yourself and your children safe.
- Before you leave checklist
- Safety Planning
- The NW Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse
- Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund
- 1 in 3 Spokane women and 1 in 7 men will have experienced domestic violence in their lifetime
- Females ages 16-24 are more vulnerable to intimate partner violence than any other age group at the rate almost triple the national average.
- Domestic violence happens with about the same frequency in gay and lesbian relationships (National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs: 2013 Report On Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, & HIV-Affected Intimate Partner Violence
- In 2015, 54 people died in Washington State as a result of domestic violence (Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence)
- Washington State has had 1052 domestic violence related fatalities between January 1, 1997 and December 31, 2015 (Washington StateCoalition Against Domestic Violence)
- Our crisis line is answered over 3,800 times per year, and in that year we help over 13,000 survivors and their kids in our Alternatives to Domestic Violence Program.
Community Awareness and Training
The YWCA Spokane’s Community Educators are available to facilitate discussions, provide workshops, or teach classes for your group about intimate- partner domestic violence.
We also work with businesses, colleges, churches, and healthcare professionals in order to educate the community how to recognize the signs of intimate partner violence, how to respond in a supportive way when an employee, coworker, or peer reveals violence, and how to properly refer people to services for intimate partner violence.
For more information about all of our community education programs, please call: (509) 789-9297.