YWCA sees an increase in calls to domestic violence helpline

SPOKANE, Wash. — More than a week after the death of Kassie Dewey in her own home, we’re learning more about the disturbing allegations of domestic violence. This is just one case in the larger problem of domestic violence throughout the country. Victims of domestic violence often struggle to find all the options available during a crisis to them to get out of the situation, but services like the YWCA are meant to help assist with that.

Advocates with the Spokane YWCA say they have seen an increase in the number of calls into the domestic violence helpline. The pandemic is said to be one of the primary reasons for the increase. Experts say domestic violence thrives in isolation, and not being able to go anywhere effects the victim.

“We’re starting to see some uptick around protection order requests, things like that, and if I remember correctly we have seen more domestic violence murders in the last year than we are used to seeing,” said Morgan Colburn, the Director of Counseling Advocacy and Outreach with the YWCA.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 72% of all murder-suicides involve an intimate partner, and 94% of the murder victims are women.

In a police report, Kassie Dewey’s children said she kicked Joshua Phillips out of her home just two days before she was killed. He then sent about 100 text messages, some of which police say were very disturbing.

“The spectrum is very broad within that victimization, especially when it comes to murder charges, but we do understand domestic violence to be a pattern of behaviors used to gain and maintain power and control over another person.” said Colburn.

The YWCA has multiple services they provide to victims of domestic violence no matter what gender, if you are experiencing violence you can contact with the assurance of confidentiality. To reach the 24 hour YWCA Helpline use these resources:

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