Help decide how to address sexual assault and domestic violence in Spokane

Law enforcement officials in Spokane want to hear from you about how to address sexual assault and domestic violence in the community. They’re hoping you’ll attend a meeting tonight at the Spokane Regional Health District to share your thoughts.

“Every year people in our community are physically, sexually and mentally abused by spouses, partners, family members, persons of trust, and sometimes, strangers,” said City of Spokane Public Safety Communications Manager Michele Anderson in a release. “This community planning meeting is an opportunity to discuss and prioritize the needs and safety of the victim while holding the offenders accountable for their crimes.”

The meeting starts at 5:45 p.m. on Monday, October 1 in the auditorium at the Spokane Regional Health District building. That’s located at 1101 West College Avenue.

A community meeting like this one is required every other year to gather public input about how grant funding should be used in the county. Spokane County has been allocated $73,602 in Washington State STOP (Services, Training, Officers, Prosecutors) grants to be used in 2019 and 2020.

That money will be distributed between the YWCA of Spokane, Lutheran Community Services, the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office and the Spokane Police Department.

“Please join the discussion to help develop a coordinated community response to these abuses which have affected so many people in our community,” said Anderson.