Power of the Purse

Financial abuse, while less commonly understood, is one of the most powerful methods of keeping a survivor trapped in an abusive relationship and deeply diminishes the victim’s ability to stay safe after leaving an abusive partner. Research indicates that financial abuse occurs in 99% of domestic violence cases.

Surveys of survivors reflect that concerns over their ability to provide financially for themselves and their children were one of the top reasons for staying in or returning to an abusive partner.

Financial abuse is devastating; the damage can last for months, years, and even decades.

Power of the Purse is a fundraising campaign that takes place in October, which is National Domestic Violence Awareness month. YWCA Yakima’s Domestic Violence Services & Programs provide life-saving services to victims of domestic violence in the Yakima County. Services include emergency shelter, legal advocacy, case management, support groups, financial assistance and more. For survivors, Power of the Purse is freedom: freedom from control; freedom to choose their own paths; freedom from abuse.

This year’s event will take place from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Monday, October 10, 2022 (National Handbag Day), at The 4th Street Theatre. The ticket cost is $25.00 each. Click the flyer for ticket and sponsorship information. 


We are deeply grateful to all of our donors & supporters.

Our work depends on donations from our loyal supporters who share our commitment to the advancement and safety of women and girls in the Yakima Valley. Funds raised help YWCA Yakima to continue providing and expanding domestic violence programs and improving health and safety for women, children, and families.

Thank you for supporting The 28Th Annual Leadership Luncheon.

Thank you to Tavis at the Guild Gallery for capturing our evening.


Training Opportunities

What is domestic violence?

Conversations Topics will include;
what is intimate partner violence,
power & control tactics, indicators of
harm, the impacts, myths vs. facts, &
where to refer someone for help.

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¿Qué es la violencia doméstica?

Las conversaciones incluirán; el
significado de violencia entre parejas
íntimas, el poder y control, indicadores
de daño, señales de alerta, los impactos,
mitos versus hechos.

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Victim Advocacy Training & Orientation

Dynamics of Domestic Violence, History of movement, Power & Control, types of harm, indicators of harm (red flags), impacts, safety planning, post-separation, resources and more.

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