Call Inland Massage Institute: (509) 465-3033

Violence Against Women

What is Violence Against Woman (VAW)?    

The United Nations defines violence against women as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life”

VAW in the family or domestic violence is “violence that occurs within the private sphere, generally between individuals who are related through intimacy, blood or law.” It may take the form of physical violence (hitting with the fist, slapping, kicking different parts of the body, stabbing with a knife, etc.) or psychological and emotional violence (intimidation, harassment, stalking, damage to property, public ridicule or humiliation, repeated verbal abuse, marital infidelity, etc.) or sexual violence (rape, sexual harassment, acts of lasciviousness, treating a woman or child as a sex object, making demeaning and sexually suggestive remarks, physically attacking the sexual parts of the victim’s body, forcing him/her to watch obscene publications and indecent shows or forcing the woman or her child to do indecent acts and/or make films thereof, forcing the wife and mistress/lover to live in the conjugal home or sleep together in the same room with the abuser, etc.) or economic abuse (withdrawal of financial support or preventing the victim from engaging in any legitimate profession, occupation, business or activity, deprivation or threat of deprivation of financial resources and the right to use and enjoyment of the conjugal, community or property owned in common, destroying household property; and controlling the victim’s own money or properties or solely controlling the conjugal money or properties.




Emergency Services


Crime Check

Emergency ONLY

Text 9-1-1 when Spokane County citizens cannot safely make a phone callEmergency Only

Dial 9-1-1

Text 9-1-1


Spokane Medical/Evidence Preservation

Sacred Heart Hospital   101 W. 8th Ave.,   Spokane, WA

Deaconess Hospital   800 W.5th Ave.,    Spokane, WA




Spokane Crime Victims Service Center

Personal Support and/or assistance with issues resulting from victimization  24hour hotline Free and confidential- Advocacy  Crisis Intervention information and referral Legal Advocacy  Medical Advocacy


Spokane County

Family Trauma Response Center

YMCA Alternative to Domestic Violence

Lutheran Community Services

     24 hour hot line  Sexual Assault Crisis Line

     24 hour hot line  Crime Victim Crisis Line








Pend Oreille County

Family Crisis Network

Kalispel Tribal Advocacy

Victim Witness Assistance Unit




Stevens County

County Resource Center

Family Support Center

Victim Witness Assistance Unit





Washington Domestic Violence Resources

Recognizing Abuse Reactions to Abuse- Aspects of Abuse  nformation & Resources

Washington State Department of Health

Sexual and Domestic Violence  Injury and Violence Prevention Program


Washington State Coalition Against  Domestic Violence

Washington Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline


National Domestic Violence Hotline

Staffed 24 hours a day by trained counselors who can provide Crisis assistance and information about shelters, legal advocacy, health care centers, and counseling



National Sexual Assault Hotline

Staffed 24 hours a day  - Live online help


Domestic Violence Resource Guide For Washington State

Lists of shelters and crisis line for women in the state

National Domestic Violence Helpline for Men Spokane



Resource that provides information and support to people fighting domestic abuse, mental illness and addition

1-877-643-1120  Access Code #0757


Educational guide:

 Spokane area resources here::

Washington State Domestic Violence Hotline

Uses gender neutral language and is mandated to be inclusive for all abuse victims


Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network

RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization.  This nationwide partnership of more than

1,000 local rape crisis centers provides victims of sexual assault with free, confidential services 24 hour per day



Center for Disease Control and Prevention

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control


National Center on Elder Abuse’s Elder Care Locator

If you are, or if you suspect that someone you know, is a victim of elder abuse



Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence

Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs

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Suicide Hotline

Staffed 24 hours a day


Spokane Mental Health Crisis Line

First Call for Help is a 24-hour crisis intervention which assists people with urgent mental health issues


Child Protective Services



Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery



Alcohol/Drug Help Line



Spokane Community Resources

Call if you need food, shelter, health care, or transportation


Smart Phone Apps

Enlisting Smartphones in Campus Safety