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YWCA of Spokane - Alternatives to Domestic Violence
YWCA of Spokane
930 N. Monroe St.
Spokane, WA 99201
(509) 326-1190

Contact: Patty Wheeler
pattyw@ywcaspokane.org

(509) 326-2255   Crisis Line, 24-hours/day 


http://ywcaspokane.org


Purpose:
Confidential Shelters house more than 40 women and children who are victims of domestic violence.  Safe shelters are located in Spokane and Spokane Valley.  As confidential shelters, their locations are not advertised.  . 

We are the only state recognized domestic violence service provider in Spokane County, with the ability to address the therapeutic needs of the women and children. 

The YWCA's primary goal is to empower women. 


YWCA Alternatives to Domestic Violence

24-hour Domestic Violence Helpline
(509) 326-2255
326-1190

If our shelters are full, women are taken to a hotel or motel--no one is ever turned away.  Your call is anonymous. 

The women who are served in the domestic violence program are not uneducated, helpless women.  Some are lawyers and doctors.  Domestic violence is often about control issues in the home.  It can develop subtly, slowly, with deceit and the intent to entrap.  

Those who carry out domestic violence will isolate women from family, deprive them of access to cash or credit cards, and tell them they are not capable of finding a job or doing anything to support themselves.

Some of the services offered to women escaping from an abusive relationship are
  • Shelter  (Women can stay at the safe shelter 60 to 90 days.  Then, the program helps them move into transitional living, helping with rent.)
  • Counseling
  • Support groups
  • Employment services
  • Free legal clinic (Many women cannot afford to file for divorce.)
  • Financial advice
  • Hope and Power program helps women become financially self-sufficient
  • Our Sister’s Closet provides free business clothes for women going to job interviews or starting a new job.
     

YWCA's Child Advocate Program


This program is for children in the shelter who have seen abuse or been abused.  Children who have experienced such trauma may experience learning and development issues.


Volunteer Opportunities:
  • Donate:  Food, diapers, clothing, hygiene products and money.  Items may be dropped off at the YWCA.

  • Donate used cell phones, to give to the victims of domestic violence.  Be sure to erase your personal information.  You may also request a donation receipt from us. 
  • Volunteers are not needed, as many women using the services do not want anyone to know their situation.  
  • Advocate for those who have been or are being abused.  For more information, call (509) 326-1190.  
  • Women in need of shelter may call the crisis line at (509) 326-2255. 



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