The YWCA is the only agency in Kitsap County that provides emergency shelter and support services to victims of domestic violence and their children.
Financial abuse is a huge barrier in a victim's choice whether or not to leave an abuser. Imagine if you were one of these people that we serve. Imagine if your abuser had ruined your credit, your house had been taken away and your car repossessed. Employers today often run an applicant's credit history and being hired is contingent on an acceptable credit history. Need to rent an apartment? Have to have a good credit history.
Or consider if the abuser withheld all funds from you, and if you did work, you had to give that person every dime you made. How could you leave? And if you left... would you know how to open a checking account? Or be able to apply for a credit card?
The YWCA of Kitsap County is proud to be part of the Allstate Purple Purse Challenge. Funds donated go to programs that support financial empowerment programs for our clients. Please consider a donation from $10 to $10,000 to help us assist domestic violence victims in Kitsap County in learning the tools that will lead to financial empowerment.
Last year, the YWCA answered 4,711 hotline calls, provided legal advocacy to 601 domestic violence victims, and 35 women and 24 children fleeing domestic violence found safety in our ALIVE (Alternatives to Living in a Violent Environment) Shelter. In 2014, emergency services (911) received 5,892 calls regarding domestic violence in Kitsap County.