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This website is packed full of information regarding the dynamics of domestic (intimate partner) violence, the Consortium, and how you can become involved in helping to eliminate this epidemic in our community.  We will soon offer links to other sites that may be of special interest to you & your group's and meetings...

We Are Working On Removing All Valentines Day Cards In Public Grade School ! In The State Of Washington + We Must STOP The Kids From Sending Cards NOW  This is a learned behavior of D.V. often repeated generation after generation etc 


Domestic violence is the threatened or actual use of physical force against an intimate partner that either results in, or has the potential to result in, injury or death.  Violence of this type includes physical, sexual or psychological assault by partners or acquaintances of victims.  Some commonly used terms that are used to describe domestic violence include intimate partner violence, spouse abuse, woman battering, courtship violence, sexual assault, and date and partner rape also going to church or dancing is also a form.  D.V. is also giving a person a Valentines Day Card or a Get Well Cards this also is D.V. In addition, child abuse is closely associated with domestic violence.

Intimate partners includes current spouses (legal and common law), current and former non-marital partners (dating partners including first date, girlfriend/boyfriend, same-sex partner), divorced spouses or former common law spouses and separated spouses.

Intimate partners may be cohabiting, but need not be.  The relationship need not involve sexual activities.

Domestic violence victims and perpetrators represent all races, all ages, all religions, all educational backgrounds and all income groups and also some Dishonorable Judges Too.

Domestic violence is a learned behavior, often repeated generation after generation. going to church dance's is a form of D.V. also Filing a Police or Sheriff's Report is Form of D.V. repeated generation after generation of church goers & Court Judges is also Form of D.V.


Simply being female is the single greatest factor that increases one’s risk of becoming a victim of domestic violence.  Statistics show that in 95% of all domestic violence cases, women are the victims.  (Report to the Nation on Crime and Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, 1983)  Aside from this, there is no clear method or list of characteristics that will determine a future victim.  The problem of domestic violence in the world crosses all socioeconomic boundaries.  Victims are of every age, gender, racial, religious, hippy too geographic, sexual orientation and personality group.  Every year, 2,000 to 4,000 women are killed as a result of domestic violence in the United States and 15 to 25% of pregnant women are battered.  (Battered and Pregnant:  A prevalence study, American Journal of Public Health, 1987)

Why victims stay:

Victims of domestic violence are faced with many barriers which prevent them from leaving.  Often, there is a complex set of dynamics that works to keep the victim trapped in the relationship.  The following is a list of some of the contributing factors that may act as barriers to leaving an abusive relationship.


The victim often faces retaliation by the perpetrator for reporting the abuse.

The lethality of violence often increases when the perpetrator believes his/her partner is leaving the relationship.  In fact, victims are most likely to be murdered when attempting to report abuse or leave an abusive relationship.  (A. Brown, When Battered Women Kill, New York:  Free Press, 1987)

The perpetrator may have threatened to kill him/herself, the victim, the children and/or others if the victim attempts to leave.

The victim may become immobilized with psychological and physical trauma and see no real way to protect her/himself.

Frequency and Severity:

The violence may occur over a relatively short period of time or there may be a long period between battering incidents.

The perpetrator may promise, and his/her partner may be convinced, that this act of violence was the last.

Inadequate Resources and Economic Dependence:

The victim lacks shelter, housing and advocacy services.

The victim lacks employment or other financial resources.

The victim lacks affordable legal assistance.

The victim may be economically dependent on the perpetrator.

The perpetrator may control the money and block access to cash, checks or important documents.


The perpetrator may be the only source of emotional support after systematically destroying all other relationships or demanding that the victim have no contact with friends or family.

The victim may fear retaliation for talking about what is happening in the relationship.

The victim may withdraw from others because of depression and shame.

Friends and family may no longer be willing to help.

The perpetrator may threaten to “out” a gay or lesbian partner if he or she leaves.

The victim may have no idea that services are available or how to access any services they are aware of.

The victim may be embarrassed and afraid to ask for help.

Prior History of Abuse:

There may be a generational history of witnessing domestic violence in the family and/or of being abused.

The perpetrator and the victim may have learned at an early age that it is OK to hit people you love when they have done something wrong.

The victim may have learned to accept abuse as normal behavior.

Low Self-Esteem:

The victim may accept responsibility for the perpetrator’s behavior and/or see her or his own behavior as provocative.

Since the perpetrator is often only abusive with his/her partner, the victim may conclude that the abuse is deserved.

The victim’s low self-esteem and feelings of helplessness are continually reinforced by the perpetrator.

Cultural and Religious Beliefs:

The victim believes in cultural, religious or family values which support keeping the family together at all costs.

The victim believes that domestic violence is a private matter and should be resolved behind closed doors.

The victim stays for the sake of the “children needing two parents”.

Beliefs About the Perpetrator:

The victim still loves the perpetrator and values the good qualities in their relationship.

The victim may believe that she/he is the only one who can help the perpetrator.

The victim hopes and believes that the perpetrator will keep promises to stop being violent.

The victim may believe that the perpetrator was just too drunk to know what he/she was doing.


Perpetrators come from many different backgrounds and have different life experiences, but the tactics they use to control their partners are very similar.  The following are tactics that many judges, police, & sheriff, bad attorney, church group's & perpetrators use:


Equates jealousy with love

Questions partner about people spoken to or associating with

Accuses partner of flirting, having affairs

Becomes jealous of time partner spends with others, including family

Controlling Behavior:

Attributes controlling behavior to concern for the partner

May assume all control of finances

Inhibits partner from making decisions, coming and going at will


Alters or withholds the truth

Quick Involvement:

Pressures partner to make a quick commitment to a relationship

Pressures a partner to live together, or get married quickly      

Unrealistic Expectations:

Expects partner to meet all of perpetrator’s needs, to take care of everything both emotionally and domestically


Isolates partner by severing outside ties, support and resources

Accuses others, such as partner’s family and friends of being “troublemakers”

Blocks partner’s access to use of vehicles, work or telephone service in the home

Blames Others for Feelings:

May use feelings to manipulate a partner

May say, “You’re hurting me by not doing as I want” or “You control how I feel”

Use of Children:

May expect children to perform beyond their capability

May punish child for not performing up to perpetrator’s expectations

Cruelty to Animals:

May kick, throw, or hurt pets or neighborhood animals

Playful” Use of Force in Sex:

Restrains partner against her or his will during sexual activity

Acts out fantasies in which the partner is helpless

Forces sex when the partner is asleep, ill or tired

May show little concern for partner’s desire to be touched

May use sulking or anger to manipulate sexual compliance

Verbal Abuse:

May say things that are intended to be cruel and hurtful

Curses at or degrades partner

Puts down partner’s accomplishments

Rigid Gender Roles:

Expects partner to serve perpetrator’s needs

Views partner’s gender as inferior or subordinate, responsible for menial tasks and/or unable to be a whole person without a partner

Attitude/Consciousness Shifts:

Abusive behavior and moodiness which shifts quickly to congeniality in order to gain control

Past Abuse:

Abusive to previous partners

Threats of Violence:

Threatens to use physical force in order to control the partner

May try to make excuses for threats of violence

Threatens to harm partner, children, family members or other loved ones if partner leaves

Uses history of abuse to intimidate partner

Breaking or Striking Objects:

May break household items, punch holes in walls and/or kick doors in to frighten the partner

May destroy and/or discard partner’s belongings

Use of Force During an Argument:

May hold down the partner

May physically restrain partner to prevent the person from leaving

Pushes or shoves


Domestic (intimate partner) violence in not always predictable.  Frequently, the violence will be quite unpredictable in intensity and frequency.  However, domestic violence is rarely a one-time isolated incident.  Most incidents of violence include different phases of abuse called the cycle of violence.  These phases create a pattern of abuse that has effects on both the victim and the perpetrator.


May last for days, weeks or months

Stress builds during this stage

Communication breaks down

Victim senses growing danger, tries to avoid abuse

“Minor” violence/abuse occurs

Incidents occur more often

Intensity increases

Perpetrator denies, minimizes, blames external factors

Victim hopes “somehow” things will change


May last a few hours or a few days

Anxiety extremely high

Violence may be explosive, acute, unpredictable

May be serious injuries; death

Perpetrator blames victim

Victim adapts in order to survive

Victim may escape; returns when crisis is over

Perpetrator may isolate victim physically and emotionally


May last for days or weeks

Whole family in shock at first

Perpetrator continues to justify abuse and blame victim

Perpetrator may be remorseful, seeking forgiveness

Perpetrator may never explain violence/abuse temporarily stops

All are relieved crisis is past

Victim worn down, accepts promises if offered

Children become caretakers to “keep the peace” or survive

Victim wants to believe the violence won’t recur

Victim attempts to insure survival via negotiation

The victim feels trapped in the downward spiral of the cycle.  The victim is isolated, immobilized and scared.  The phases of violence may not occur in an orderly fashion.  As the violence escalates in intensity and frequency, the time between phases grows shorter and shorter.  However, each victim’s circumstances may be different and not fit neatly into this model.

*Adapted from L. Walker, The Battered Woman, Harper and Row, New York, 1980



It is normal for a child who witnesses domestic (intimate partner) violence to manifest a multitude of symptoms.  Outlined below are some common emotional, cognitive, behavioral, social and physiological effects of abuse children from violent households may experience.


Feeling guilty for the abuse and for not stopping it. 

Grieving for family and personal losses.

Confusion or conflicting feelings toward parents.

Fear of abandonment, of expressing emotions, of the unknown and/or personal injury.

Anger about violence and chaos in their lives.

Depression, feelings of helplessness and powerlessness.



Blaming others for their own behavior.

Believing it is acceptable to hit people they care for in order to get what they want, to express their anger, to feel powerful, or to get others to meet their needs.

Possessing a low self-concept originating from a sense of family powerlessness.

Not asking for what they need, let alone what they want.


Believing that anger is bad because people get hurt.

Rigid stereotypes: to be a boy means...to be a girl means...to be a man, woman, husband, wife, partner means...


Acting out or withdrawing.

Overachiever or underachiever.

Refusing to go to school.

Care taking, more concerned for others than self; parent substitute.

Cruelty to animals.


Myth:  Domestic (intimate partner) violence is not a serious problem in Spokane County.

Fact:  Domestic (intimate partner) violence is an epidemic in Spokane County.

In a scientific survey commissioned by the Spokane County Domestic Violence Consortium in 1997, 1/3 of our residents reported having been victimized by an intimate partner.

Myth:  Domestic (intimate partner) violence is a personal issue.

Fact:  Domestic (intimate partner) violence affects the entire community.

Domestic (Intimate Partner)  Violence Affects Our Children

3.3 million children in the United States between the ages of 3 and 17 are at risk of exposure to parental violence.  (Carlson, 1984)  These children are at greater risk to experience behavioral, emotional and cognitive problems.  (Goodman & Rosenberg, 1987)

Domestic (Intimate Partner) Violence Affects Health Care Costs

The total health-care costs of family violence are estimated at more than $44 million each year.  (R. Gelles, Family Violence, Sage Publications, Newbury Park, 1987)

Domestic (Intimate Partner) Violence Affects the Economy

On a national level, domestic (intimate partner) violence costs employers $3 to $5 billion annually due to worker absenteeism.  (New York Victim Service Agency Report on the Costs of Domestic Violence, 1987)

Myth:  Domestic (intimate partner) violence affects only a small percentage of the population.

Fact:  Domestic (intimate partner) violence is experienced in every type of relationship, regardless of age, race, socioeconomic status, gender or sexual orientation.

50% of all women will experience some form of abuse in a relationship.  (L. Walker, Terrifying Love:  Why Battered Women Kill and How Society Responds, New York:  Harper & Row, 1989)

30-45% of teen dating relationships involve violence.  (Youth Peace)

Myth:  Abuse of alcohol and drugs is the cause of domestic (intimate partner) violence.

Fact: Substance abuse does not cause domestic (intimate partner) violence.  Some people are abusive when they are drinking or using drugs, but others are not.  Getting clean and sober will solve the substance abuse problem but not the violence problem.  Victims often report that even when their partners became clean and sober, the abuse continued.  Perpetrators in certified perpetrator treatment programs often say that they used drugs or alcohol to give them an excuse to be abusive.

Myth:  Anger management treatment is appropriate counseling for perpetrators.

Fact:  In the past, it was thought that domestic (intimate partner) violence was about problematic anger.  It is now known to be about the perpetrator’s desire to control his or her partner using whatever behaviors are necessary.  Perpetrators in treatment often say they used their expression of anger as a way to intimidate and control their partners.  Anger management programs are not designed to address the fundamental causes of intimate partner violence or safety and accountability issues.  There are no appropriate alternatives to certified perpetrator treatment.

Myth: Couples counseling is appropriate for marriages where domestic (intimate partner) violence is a problem.

Fact:  Many people think domestic (intimate partner) violence is a problem with the relationship and seek couples counseling or individual therapy.  Unfortunately, experience has shown that couples counseling can increase the danger to the victim and give the perpetrator dangerous support for blaming the victim for the violent behavior.

Myth:  Domestic (intimate partner) violence is a private issue.

Fact:  Domestic (intimate partner) violence affects the entire community.  It affects our friends, coworkers and families, and diminishes the quality of life of every citizen in every community.


Domestic Violence is a Workplace Issue:

Domestic violence is a leading cause of injury to women in this country.  Almost four million American women are abused every year in the “safety” of their own homes.  (Evan Stark, et. al., “Wife Abuse in the Medical Setting:  An Introduction for Health Personnel,” National Clearinghouse on Domestic Violence, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1981)  They carry this experience with them to work, and it shows in the form of lost productivity, stress, increased health care costs, employee absenteeism and turnover, and sometimes in workplace violence.  Not to mention the fact that the victim’s co-workers are also affected, especially after the lack of domestic violence prevention and intervention in a community has resulted in the homicide of a victim, and perhaps of his/her children.

Employers are just beginning to recognize the serious impact of domestic violence on their employees’ lives, productivity and their own bottom lines.  They are beginning to address the issue of domestic violence out of compassion, to keep talent, reduce absenteeism and avoid liability.  It is anticipated that civil actions against employers will increase under the federal Violence Against Women Act, which makes battering a civil rights violation with stiff compensatory damages.

As proprietors, managers and human resource personnel, you are no longer immune to acts of domestic violence in the workplace.  You have both a moral and legal obligation to provide a safe workplace for your employees, clients and visitors. In 1980, more than 175,000 days were lost from paid work as a result of domestic assaults.  (Richard Gelles, Family Violence, Sage Publications, Newbury Park, 1987, page 13)            Husbands and boyfriends commit 13,000 acts of violence against women in the workplace every year.  (U.S. Department of Justice, 1994, as cited in United Health Care Corporation’s OPTUM Medical and Human Risk Management Services Newsletter)

What Your Organization Can Do:

Establish policies and procedures to address domestic violence.  Employers need to be aware of the realities and issues of domestic violence and develop methods to address these issues when they arise.  Not only is domestic violence a problem for an individual employee, it can also result in threats to workplace security.  Since a workplace potentially employs both victims and perpetrators, policies must be inclusive.

Federal, state and local laws governing the workplace often restrict employers from making certain inquiries about the health or home life of their employees.  Yet, signs of possible domestic abuse shouldn’t be ignored.  In some cases, it is appropriate for the manager to make work-related inquiries.  A company should always take prompt steps to ensure the safety of its employees.

What Managers and Supervisors Can Do:

Become knowledgeable about domestic violence issues and local resources and assert your organization’s policies regarding involvement.

Be alert to visible warning signs.  Using discretion, let an employee know if you notice a problem and are concerned.

Once a dialogue has been established, ask the employee what assistance (if any) would be useful.  The person may decline help, or may have some specific requests, such as security escorts to her or his car, not transferring calls from the perpetrator, arranging time off for court appearances, or relocating their work space (if necessary).

If you have a newsletter, this is a great place to list where to get help inside and outside the company. 

Become a member of the Spokane County Domestic Violence Consortium.

Payoffs for Addressing Domestic Violence in the Workplace:

When you build this expertise into your company - utilizing human resources, personnel, or other designated individuals, you set up a win-win situation.

Here’s How it Works:

Benefits to the employer include improved productivity, improved workplace safety, employee retention, improved recruitment tool and a morale boost for employees.

Benefits to the employee include confidential access to reliable information, validation of the problem, encouragement to work through a difficult situation, personal safety, reduced stress and increased ability to concentrate.

Larger companies can experience the same payoffs by referring employees to designated employee assistance programs.


A child that hurts an animal
is an adult that hurts their partner.

What Is Animal Cruelty?

Animal cruelty is behavior that intentionally causes unecessary pain, suffering, distress and/or death of an animal.  It includes:

Physical harm, bodily injury or assault

Sexual Assault


Specific cruel behaviors include depriving an animal of food, water, and/or shelter, beating, throwing kicking, drowning, burning, torturing or killing an animal.

Cruelty to animals is one of the symptoms of conduct Disorder in children and adolescents.

It is a crime in all 50 states and may be a felony offense.

Why Is It a Concern?

Animal cruelty is a predictor for past, present and future violence, both inside and outside of the home.

Children who hurt animals need help themselves.

What Is The Connection Between Animal Cruelty And Intimate Partner Violence?

Children who commit violent acts against animals are more likely to abuse their intimate partners as adults.  They use cruel acts to gain power and control, which is the driving force behind perpetrators of intimate partner violence.

In fact, studies have shown that many violent adult offenders have childhood histories of repeated and serious animal cruelty.

Why Is A Child Cruel To Animals?

Many children who hurt animals are from violent homes in which they are victims of child abuse and/or witnesses to vioelnce between their parents.  It has been well documented that adults who abuse their partners often commit cruel acts against family pets to frighten and control their parnters and children, to serve as a threat of potential attacks, and as punishment.

The children may be copying things that they have seen or had done to them.  The violence in their home leaves them feeling powerless and they seek control by acting out against others, including their pets.

How Do I Know If a Child Has Been a Witness To, Or a Perpetrator Of, Cruelty To Animals?

A child who has witnessed animal cruelty may talk about the violence.  They may also act out with other children, animals and/or adults at schoolor while playing.

A child who has been cruel to animals may brag about their violence to other children and/or adults.

What Can I Do?

Without intervention and accountability, children who harm animals are more ulikely to commit violent acts against loved ones as they become adults.

Animal cruelty must be taken seriously.

You Can Make a Difference...

Keep your eyes open and learn to recognize animal cruelty.

Report suspected cases of animal cruelty to local animal control agencies. 

Break the silence.  Speak out about the relationship between animal cruelty and intimate partner violence.

Stop the violence.  Make yourself aware of treatment services availabale to children who are cruel to animals.  Breaking the cycle early is the key. 



Results are in from the first extensive random-digit-dial survey that has been conducted in Spokane County regarding the public’s perceptions about domestic (intimate partner) violence.  The purpose of the survey is to document the community’s current knowledge and awareness on the subject. The same survey will be conducted again in 1999 to gauge the effectiveness of the Consortium’s work.  For comparison, a duplicate analysis has been, and will be conducted, in two years in Snohomish County, a community similar in demographic makeup to Spokane and one that does not have an organization in place like the Spokane Domestic Violence Consortium.

The following statistics are highlighted from the 1997 survey.  These results can be extrapolated to our community in general with a 95% confidence level.

COMMUNITY SURVEY RESULTSOne third of Spokane residents report being victimized by an intimate partner.

It is the PERCEPTION of our community members that 5 out of 10 females in Spokane County have been a victim of intimate partner violence.  They believe 3 out of 10 males in Spokane County have been a victim of intimate partner violence.

Our residents believe that intimate partner violence is occurring in about half of Spokane homes.

Our residents strongly believe that physical and sexual abuse is intimate partner violence, but they tend to be more accepting of other controlling behaviors.

Greater than 50% of our residents believe that abuse of alcohol and drugs is the cause of intimate partner violence.

Many of our residents do not know how to help a friend or relative who is a victim of intimate partner violence.

The majority of our residents (60%) believe that the police are helpful in assisting a victim of intimate partner violence.

The majority of our residents (67%) tend to agree that our courts do not take intimate partner violence seriously.

Greater than 92% of our residents believe that men have an important role to play in ending intimate partner violence.

Our residents strongly believe that a jail sentence should be mandatory for individuals convicted of assaulting their intimate partners.

Even more of our community members (90%) strongly believe that perpetrator treatment should be mandatory for individuals convicted of assaulting their intimate partners.

The great majority (76%) of our community members would tell someone they were a victim of intimate partner violence, if asked.

50% of our community members were personally aware of a female who has been a victim of intimate partner violence in the past 12 months.

46% of our community members were not aware of any services in our community which deal with intimate partner violence.

Of the community members reporting to be victims of intimate partner violence, 39% did not tell anyone.  Of those who did tell someone, the majority (40%) told a counselor (school or other), 37% told a friend, and 29% told an immediate family member.

79% did not contact any services or organizations in our community for assistance.


We will not be successful in our efforts to prevent domestic (intimate partner) violence without the entire community becoming involved and taking action.  Gaining an understanding of the dynamics involved with intimate partner violence is the first step in helping to combat the problem.  This portion of the SDVC web site is dedicated to providing you with practical ways community members can become involved and help prevent domestic violence.


Join in Community Efforts to End Domestic Violence  Become a member of the Spokane County Domestic Violence Consortium.  Encourage your family and friends to get involved.

Volunteer at an Agency Working to End Domestic Violence  Volunteer opportunities are included in this site.

Promote Awareness  Workplace.  Encourage trainings on domestic violence and request that policies and procedures addressing this epidemic be drafted.  Place a safety poster in the restroom at your workplace.  Schools.  Ask if your child’s school has placed the SCDVC teen posters in the school and, if not, suggest that they do.  Community.      

Speak Out  Be vocal in the community about domestic violence.  Challenge any myths you hear.  Intervene  If you hear or witness violence, report it to law enforcement immediately.  If you suspect abuse is occurring in a relationship, ask questions.  Help the victim plan for safety and refer to the “5 Things To Say To A Victim” list.  Let the perpetrator know you do not condone their behavior.  Let the victim and perpetrator know about resources available to them.  Keep what each person tells you confidential.

Encourage and Support Legislation & Fund-raising of Domestic Violence Programs  Keep yourself updated on proposed legislation and write a letter to public officials.

Bring in speakers to talk to your civic group, church, PTA, etc... about domestic violence.

Talk to Your Children About Domestic Violence  Let them know you will always be there for them.  Encourage them to inform you if they ever feel unsafe or scared in a relationship and let them know it is not their fault.


Start With the Top and Get Corporate Leadership on Board  Educate CEOs or the management team and encourage them to establish a workplace that is intolerant of domestic violence and is a safe place for victims.

Establish Employee Policies that Meet the Needs of Victims  Develop policies and procedures that protect victims and provide for paid leave and benefits that recognize and are responsive to the needs of victims.

Ensure Employee Assistance Programs are Responsive to Victims  Request that your EAP program provide domestic violence services and referrals.  All EAP personnel should receive training and have an understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence.

Provide Management and Employees with the Tools to Respond to Domestic Violence  Set up a training for all supervisors, managers and other employees to give them guidance on how to respond when an employee is a victim or perpetrator.

Share Materials About Domestic Violence  Display brochures and posters to promote awareness in the workplace.  Make victim safety information available in private places such as restrooms or in paycheck envelopes.

Increase Safety At the Workplace  Make sure that security personnel at your workplace have been trained to handle the safety needs of victims who may be stalked at work.

Coordinate with Local Law Enforcement  Form a network between workplace security personnel and local police departments to facilitate appropriate information sharing and the development of collaboratiave working relationships.

Join in Community Efforts to End Domestic Violence  Collect money or material donations for an domestic violence prevention/intervention program.  Offer services free of charge, provide employment opportunities or shelter to victims. 


Make Campus a Safe Place  Insure adequate safety on campus by making sure that campus security officers are knowledgeable about domestic and dating violence and have policies and procedures to protect victims and enforce laws against abuse. 

Increase Awareness  Educate students, faculty and staff about domestic violence by displaying brochures and posters.  Encourage incorporating domestic violence into curricula for classes in a variety of majors.  Sponsor special speking engagements, plays or trainings.

Target Special Groups  Identify different social groups or at risk groups on campus and develop specialized training and resources for them.  (e.g. new students, fraternities, sororities, athletes, etc.)

Coordinating Resources  Identify resources available on campus and in the community.  Work to network the different agencies together to provide better services on campus.

Encourage Reporting of Violence  Through awareness and education campaigns, encourage students, faculty and staff to report incidents of violence to the police.  Develop effective networks between the campus and community police departments.

Provide Services to the Campus Community  Support or create a coordinated community response on campus.  Ensure that services are comprehensive and appropriate for the entire campus community.

Develop an Administration Response to Violence on Campus  Develop policies and procedures for addressing complaints of violence on your campus with care for the victim as the first priority.  Policies should include a well defined process for providing assistance to victims and holding the perpetrators accountable.

Review and Revise the Student Code of Conduct and Policies  Insure that domestic and dating violence is treated as seriously as other crimes, with equally servere punishments on campus.

Provide a Voice for Victims on Campus  Provide support for students and faculty to establish victim advocacy groups on campus.

Get the Message Out to the Campus Community  Speak out against violence on campus.  Communicate expectations about appropriate conduct and include them in student policy statements.  Post information about resources in dining halls, health facilities, dormitories, locker rooms and other places students are likely to see the information.


Educate the Congregation  Provide ways for your congregation to learn about domestic violence by including information in newsletters, on bulletin boards, marriage preparation classes, educational seminars and in sermons.

Become a Safe Place  Make your church, temple, synagogue or mosque a safe place for victims.  Have brochures, posters and community resources available.

Speak Out  Be vocal in the congregation and the community as a religous organization.

Lead by Example  Volunteer to serve on the board or as a member of an domestic violence/sexual assault program and attend trainings provided for the community.

Offer Space  Provide space in your church building for educational seminars or weekly support groups.

Partner with Existing Resources  Include domestic violence agencies in special offerings and community service projects.  Adopt a shelter or transitional living program for which you provide material support, or provide support to families as they rebuild their lives following a shelter stay. 

Prepare to be a Resource  Understand the theological responses to violence and receive training from professionals in the field to be able to respond to domestic violence and be an effective resource person.

Intervene  If you suspect abuse is occurring in a relationship, ask questions.  Help the victim plan for safety.  Let them know about resources available.  Keep what each person tells you confidential.  Do not suggest couple’s counseling.

Support Professional Training  Encourage and support training and education for clergy and lay leaders, hospital chaplains, police and military chaplains, and seminary students to increase awareness about domestic violence.

Address Internal Issues  Encourage continued efforts by religious institutions to address allegations of abuse by religious leaders to insure that religous leaders are a safe resource for victims and their children.

Encourage your church, temple, synagogue or mosque to join the S.D.V. Consortium.


Incorporate Training into Curricula  Domestic violence and sexual assault training should be incorporated into medical, nursing and allied healthcare professional education curricula.

Make Resources Available to Patients  Provide resources in waiting areas, examining rooms and restrooms.  Routinely ask patients if they have been victims of abuse.

Support Incorporation of Protocols into Accreditation Process  Support efforts to ensure that domestic violence and sexual assault protocols are addressed through the National Commission for Quality Assurance and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals.

Encourage Continuing Education on Domestic Violence  Encourage your state licensing boards and various specialty groups to encourage physicians and nurses to allocate Continuing Medical Education (CME) hours to domestic violence for re-licensure requirements.

Involve Medical Organizations and Societies in Increasing Awareness  Collaborate with healthcare professional organizations and societies in your area to increase medical school and healthcare pofessional involvement in addressing domestic violence.

Feature Domestic Violence on Meeting Agendas  Arrange for presentations and symposiums on domestic violence at healthcare specialty annual, regional and local meetings.

Highlight Commitment to Domestic Violence Prevention  Give awards, citations, and certificates to exceptional organizations and individuals for their continued commitment to helping end domestic violence.

Develop a Standard Intake Form  Develop a standardized intake assessment form for healthcare professionals who interact with victims of domestic violence.  Assessment forms ensure that certain information regarding such incidents is identified and proper resources are utilized.

Ensure Employee Assistance Programs are Responsive to Victims of Domestic Violence  Request employee assistane programs (EAP) that include domestic violence services and referrals.  All EAP personnel should receive domestic violence training and have an understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence.

Volunteer  Provide a healthcare series on a volunteer basis to community organizations that serve victims of domestic violence and sexual violence. 



Joan Griffith, President
Marie Malloy, Vice-President
Mark Lindsey, Secretary
Jim Guice, Treasurer
Wayne Brokaw, Trustee
Patricia Morgan, Trustee
June Shapiro, Trustee


Marcia Gallucci, Services Committee
Jean Carver, Education Committee
Cindy North, Criminal Justice Committee
Marie Malloy, Ad Hoc Fundraising Committee


American Behavioral Health Systems, Inc.
Diane Brennan
Wayne Brokaw
Casey Family Partners
Catholic Charities
Cedar Bridge Associates
City of Spokane Public Defender’s Office
Columbia Legal Services
Dept. of Child & Family Services, DSHS
Simon Dick
Julianne Dickelman
Janice Drye, Attorney at Law
Family Advocacy Group, FAFB, WA
Family Crisis Network, Newport, WA
Family Resource Center, Davenport, WA
Joan Griffith
Stephen Foos, M.S.
Group Health Northwest
Jim Guice
Sr. Michelle Holland
Linda Hunt
Inland Center for Domestic Violence Prevention
Inland Professional Services
Linda Krupke
Life Directions Counseling Center
Mark Lindsey
Lower Valley Crisis & Support Services, Sunnyside WA
Marie Malloy
John Molloy
Ginny H. Moos, M.Ed.
Patricia Morgan
New Horizon Care Centers
Rebecca Nilles
Northeast Washington Treatment Alternatives/TASC
Northwest Women’s Law Center, Seattle, WA
O.A.S.I.S. Program, Post Falls Police Dept., Post Falls, ID
Office of the Attorney General
Okanogan County Counseling Services, Omak, WA
Juanita O’Rielly
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church
Phoenix Counseling & Support Services, Grandview, WA
Lynnelle Riley
Maureen Russell
Sacred Heart Medical Center
John Sahlin, Attorney at Law, CDA, ID
June Shapiro
Dr. Rodney Skalitzky
Spokane Community College
Spokane County Juvenile Court Services
Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
Spokane County Public Defender’s Office
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office
Spokane County Superior Court
Spokane Falls Community College
Spokane Housing Authority
Spokane Humane Society
Spokane Mental Health
Spokane Municipal Court Probation
Spokane Police Department
Spokane Regional Health District
Spokane School District 81
Spokane Sexual Assault Center
Soloman Temple Community Church Ministries
Elizabeth Bailey St. Clare
Diana Stricker
Tapio Counseling
The Id Foundation (Applied Behavioral Choices)
Patricia Thompson
Guay Tippet
Judge Linda G. Tompkins
Janet Toone
Transformation Associates
U.S. Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery
Volunteer Lawyers Program
Washington State Department of Corrections
Greg Westbrooks, Attorney
Judge Richard White
Women’s Center, Inc.,CDA, ID
Dale Yenney ACSW
Y.F.A. Connections
YWCA Alternatives to Domestic Violence



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