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YWCA and first responders bring awareness to domestic violence

YWCA and first responders bring awareness to domestic violence

YAKIMA Wash. -- October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and advocates along with first responders in Yakima are getting together to spread the word.

The Young Women’s Christian Association in Yakima or YWCA put together a fundraiser earlier today at Bale Breaker Brewing Company to help raise money for their organization.

YWCA Executive Director Cheri Kilty says the YWCA is an organization that empowers women, tries to eliminate racism, promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

“Domestic violence is one of the most under reported crimes. Here in Yakima County it is one of the top reasons police go to somebody’s home and it can really impact people’s lives," said Kilty.

YWCA was selling calendars with Yakima’s first responders in them.

Some of the firefighters and police officers were there to sign the calendars.

Yakima Fire Department spokesperson Jeff Pfaff says first responders are the first people a survivor talks to or opens up about what is happening to them, so they want people to feel comfortable when they approach them.

“We see a lot of things but domestic violence is one of the biggest things and there’s a lot of injury that comes with that, not only the mental side but there’s a lot of physical things so we see that and unfortunately there’s a lot of times where we see some things we can’t describe. It affects us just as much as it does the people out there. It’s a sad moment," said Pfaff.

Pfaff says they want people to not stay quiet if something is happening to them and to speak out.

“One of the things that we want people to know is that if you’re being affected or if you have that going on in your life don’t hesitate to talk to somebody," said Pfaff.

This entire month is dedicated to domestic violence awareness and anyone can participate by spreading the word.

People can buy the calendars with the first responders in them for $10 by going to the organization YWCA.

For more information about YWCA or domestic violence click here.

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