Prevention and Outreach

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Prevention

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.

Learn more about Domestic Violence

Outreach

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.