SRDVC Strategic Plan
On May 19th, the Spokane Regional Domestic Violence Coalition (SRDVC) released their five-year strategic plan to reduce domestic violence. The presentation, a culmination of efforts by dozens of stakeholders across the region, is available on YouTube. The presentation is open to the public, and all are encouraged to review.
Reports and data show that Spokane experiences higher rates of child abuse, neglect, and other forms of violence than other areas of the state. Domestic violence calls to law enforcement rose 40% in 2020, while the COVID-19 pandemic continues to amplify disparities and add stress in our community. To stop this trend SRDVC and partners have created this strategic plan to ensure:
- All community members can access information they need to end the violence.
- Accountability and safety for victims.
- Systems that inspire trust among all community members.
- Equitable services and resources available to those impacted by or at risk of domestic violence.
- Community-supported, whole family healing for families.
The strategic planning process was funded by Innovia Foundation, Kalispel Tribe of Indians and Casino, MultiCare Health System, Numerica Credit Union and Providence Health Care.
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What is Domestic Violence?
There is no one agreed-upon definition for domestic violence, as definitions are inconsistent between jurisdictions reporting statistics (i.e. city and county) as well as sectors (nonprofits, government, healthcare, etc.). Thus, a broad definition of domestic violence, also sometimes referred to as family violence is used and encouraged.
Domestic violence is violence or abuse in any form, by one person against another in a domestic (i.e. family) setting, and includes intimate partner violence which is one specific type of domestic violence. DV is a leading cause of homicides in Spokane County.
You can help support our initiative to end domestic violence by donating online. Select the "End the Violence Fund" on the Innovia website.
Domestic violence (DV) hurts thousands of women, children, and men in Spokane County every year, and often goes unseen and unheard. The Spokane Regional Domestic Violence Coalition (SRDVC), a partnership among many people and multiple organizations in Spokane, is working on a plan to End the Violence in our communities and to advocate for the voice and needs of DV victims and survivors. We are inviting victims and survivors to share their stories and perspectives through an anonymous survey. If you are a victim or survivor or DV, or have a loved one who is, we would like to hear from you. Please share your voice and end the silence!
It's Happening to Me
I have experienced violence: I am concerned for my health, personal safety, and well being.
Recognize the signs of power and control in your relationship. I am a victim.
- Do they always make me feel like it is my fault when it may not be?
- Do they criticize me, controlling my appearance, and what I do?
- Do they isolate me from my family, friends, and coworkers?
- Do they show an extreme amount of jealousy?
- Do they mentally, verbally, sexually, or physically hurt me?
Understand that this is not your fault, and look for support.
- I can seek out someone I trust to let them know what is going on.
- I can determine if I am ready or wanting to leave.
- I can call or make an appointment with YWCA Spokane for help.
- I can ask a friend, family member, or coworker for help.
- I can make a safer plan with an advocate or trusted person to leave or upon staying.
It's happening to someone I know
I am concerned about someone I know: What does violence look like?
Recognize the signs of Domestic Violence.Is someone close to me a victim?
- Are they missing an unusual amount of work?
- Are they missing appointments?
- Are they isolating themselves from their everyday activities, family and friends?
- Are they showing up with bruises on their body?
- Are they expressing that their partner is showing a lot of control or jealousy?
- Are there signs that their partner is putting them down, hurting them, or making them feel crazy?
Respond by listening and supporting
- You can check in with them to see how they have been doing, asking if they feel safe.
- You can bring up what you have been noticing and express your concern to them.
- You can listen with empathy and an open mind.
- You can listen to understand and not to give your point of view.
- You can believe them.
- You can avoid victim-blaming comments. (Why don’t you just leave, etc.)
- You can empower them to explore and express what they feel is best for them.
- You can leave an open door for them, while still establishing your own boundaries.
Refer victim for further support.
I want to help
I want to Support Victims and Survivors in our Community
Recognize the reality of Domestic Violence:
- Learn about the rates of domestic violence locally and nationally.
- Learn about the dynamics of power and control within Domestic Violence.
- Recognize how Domestic Violence affects my community.
- Learn about toxic masculinity and root causes of oppression and how they intersect with Domestic Violence.
- Learn how to create healthier, safer culture in your community.
- Learn how to be a positive bystander for someone in your community.
- If you recognize power and control dynamics in your own relationships, contact a certified local DV Treatment provider.
How to impact the prevalence of Domestic Violence within the Community
- Request a Domestic Violence Training from the YWCA Spokane.
- Have a conversation with your friends/family about healthy relationships.
- Support your local victim service agency financially.
- Host a view party of "Violence Against Women, it’s a Men’s Issue”, or other impactful documentaries on Domestic Violence.
- Ask how your business can support a local victim service agency with clothing drives, events, fundraisers, or with awareness activities.
- Volunteer at a local victim service agency.
- You can be a positive bystander that doesn’t tolerate victim blaming statements.
- You can practice reinforcing positive masculinity.
Support this initiative by donating to the "End the Violence" fund on Innovia's wesite.
Knowledge is power, gather support from local and national agencies. Download the Resource Guide
I want to stop
If you or someone you know thinks their behavior is unhealthy, controlling or abusive and wants to change their pattern of behavior, please have them contact a certified domestic violence treatment provider.
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
There are 103 Missing Native American Persons identified by the Washington State Patrol as of 4/1/2021. 52 Cases (50.5% of the total number of cases) originate in Eastern Washington in the 509 Area Code:
- Spokane Police Department - 6
- Spokane County Sheriff's Office - 3
- Colville Tribal Police Department - 7
- Omak Police Department - 1
- Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office - 1
- Yakama Nation Tribal Police Department - 29
- Yakima County Sheriff's Office - 1
- Yakima Police Department - 1
- Toppenish Police Department - 1
- Klickitat County Sheriff's Office - 1
In Spokane, 5 of the 9 cases are children, between the ages of 14 and 17. Statewide, nearly 40 percent of the active cases involve children under the age of 18 (Source). More than four in five American Indian and Alaska Native women and men have experienced violence in their lifetime, and more than one in three experienced violence in the past year, according to a 2016 report from the National Institute of Justice. As stated by the Native American Coalition, "Missing and murdered indigenous women have disappeared not once, but three times, in life, in the media and in the data."
Native women living on tribal lands are murdered at an extremely high rate of more than 10 times the national average according to Department of Justice (DOJ).
About the Campaign
A group of Spokane community leaders came together with one mission in mind: Execute a local awareness campaign creating a Spokane culture of prevention and support for survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, child abuse and stalking. Read more about the Coalition