KHQ.COM - Domestic violence is a national epidemic, affecting about 33 million people every year. Last year alone, the YWCA in Spokane answered its crisis phone line more than ten thousand times and helped seven thousand women and their children.
In 2012, fifty-three people died as a result of domestic violence in the state of Washington. According to the Washington Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a person is five times more likely to be killed in a domestic violence dispute if a weapon is present.
We spoke to one Spokane woman who is in that very situation and escaped with her life. You can hear her story by clicking the video link posted above this story.
The YWCA does have a 24 hour emergency shelter and domestic violence helpline. The phone number is 509-326-225 or 509-326-CALL.