YWCA Yakima takes domestic violence seriously and we know that the best way to end it is to prevent it from happening in the first place.
We are currently working with Yakima School District to provide education and prevention to young people at Washington Middle School. Our Children’s and Family Advocate educates young people on healthy relationships and boundaries – teaching them that they need to love themselves and have a healthy relationship with themselves first and healthy friendships and relationships will follow.
YWCA Yakima is creating a Teen Advisory Council to better assist us in meeting the needs of young people. Additionally, we are creating an app that will allow young people to confidentially connect with an advocate. We will provide education to parents and guardians on warning signs and what they can do to help the young people in their care make safe choices.
- The highest number of domestic violence victims are ages 16-24 years old.
- 94% of those victims are actually 16-19 years old.
- Victims of domestic violence have higher rates of substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior and further domestic violence.
- 50% of young people who have been the victim of domestic violence or sexual assault attempt suicide. (Compare that staggering number to 5.4% of non-abused boys and 12.5% of non-abused girls attempt suicide).
- 81% of parents don’t believe dating violence is an issue.
- 58% of parents are unable to recognize warning signs of abuse.
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- says things to upset or frighten you
- becomes overly and inappropriately jealous of attention from or conversations with others
- monitors your time and whereabouts
- monitors your phone calls/texts, email and social media accounts
- controls all the finances
- repeatedly ignores and disrespects your boundaries
- makes subtle threats or negative remarks with the intent to frighten or control you
- disregards your opinions, ideas, suggestions or needs
- calls you names and swears at you
- uses guilt-trips and shaming to get his or her way
- pressures you to move fast in a relationship or pushes for immediate commitment
- is cruel to animals or children
- is continuously jealous and possessive; isolates you from your friends and family; may accuse you of being unfaithful.
Myth: Domestic Violence only happens in low-income, uneducated or minority families.
Fact: Abuse pervades EVERY ethnicity and socioeconomic status. Lower income victims are over-represented in shelters, social services and police reports due to a lack of other resources.
Myth: Domestic abuse does not happen much anymore.
Fact: Domestic abuse is a HUGE problem. 1 in 4 women experience domestic violence. Women are more likely to be killed by their partners than a stranger.
Myth: Drugs and alcohol can make someone abusive.
Fact: Drugs and alcohol may affect an abusive relationship, but the substance does not cause the abuse. Someone may be more prone to being violent when drunk or high, or they may be able to reach that threshold faster with a substance, but it will not cause someone to be abusive that would not have been violent otherwise.
Myth: If it was really that bad she would leave.
Fact: There are so many barriers to overcome when leaving an abusive relationship. It is not as simple as “just leaving.” Some factors include threats, economic issues, lack of support, isolation, fear and even hope. Leaving an abusive relationship is the MOST dangerous time for the victim because leaving is the ultimate threat to the abuser’s control over his or her victim. The violence will usually escalate at this time. This is when most domestic violence homicides occur. That fear alone could make someone stay.
- Yakima Police Department responds to 10 domestic violence calls a day.
- In Yakima County there are 13.9 incidents of domestic violence per 1,000 resident. (Compare that number to 7.4 per 1,000 residents for Washington state as a whole).
- On average, more than 3 women are murdered by their partner in this country every day.
- 1 in 4 adult women and 1 in 7 adult men have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
- Nearly 8 million days of paid work each year are lost due to domestic violence issues – the equivalent of more than 32,000 full-time jobs.
- 94% of domestic violence victims are between the age of 16 and 19 – the highest rate of domestic violence occurs between the ages of 16 and 24 years old.
YWCA Yakima seeks to educate and connect with Yakima Valley. We give presentations to groups interested in learning more about domestic violence in Yakima, what YWCA Yakima is doing about the problem and how they can help.
If you are interested in learning more about our presentations, please contact us. We are happy to provide education to groups no matter the size. We regularly present to medical facilities and have booths at community health fairs.