Community Outreach

SW Washington has a dynamic range of community services. We recognize that when we work together, we can continue to build a community robust in it's philanthropy and dedicated to it's neighbors. Join us for a community outreach event, or host your own at our uptown Vancouver location.

Where We Live: a bystander intervention skill-building workshop

Explore an uncomfortable topic in a comfortable setting. Community members are welcome to attend this 4-week free workshop series for adults. Certificates are provided upon completion. Limited childcare is available. Learn to identify warning signs of potential perpetrators Learn safe, effective ways to intervene and address suspicious behaviors Gain tools for comfortably discussing healthy sexuality with your children Space is limited and registration is required for this free workshop. To attend an upcoming workshop, or to schedule one for your organization or neighborhood, contact Traci at 360-906-9151 or

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Domestic Violence 101

This course focuses on giving the audience a basic understanding of domestic violence. Covers the dynamics of violence, the cycle of abuse and answers the question “why does she stay?” This course, lasting 1-2 hours can be tailored to your audience of 5-50 people. Contact Ariella at or 360-906-9146 for more information.

SafeChoice 101

This 40 minute to one hour presentation focuses on the services we provide in the SafeChoice Program. Contact Ariella at or 360-906-9146 for more information.

Teen Dating Violence

Domestic Violence 101 but with a focus on how dating violence affects those 14-18. This 1-2 hour course can be geared toward students or service providers. Depending on the length of time available, attendees can participate in an activity produced by WSCADV called “In Their Shoes,” an interactive opportunity to put yourself in the shoes of a teenager affected by dating violence. Contact Ariella at or 360-906-9146 for more information.

Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships & the Media

In this 1-3 hour course, students have the opportunity to look at relationships as portrayed in mainstream media and to compare and contrast what they know about un/healthy relationships with what the media tells us is romantic or ideal. We also look at gender roles in the media and how rigid expectations of men and women can lead to unhealthy relationship dynamics. Contact Ariella at or 360-906-9146 for more information.

LGBTQ Community and Domestic Violence

This 1-3 hour training focuses on giving the audience a foundation for working with LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence. Attendees will leave with more knowledge of general terminology needed to understand sexual orientation and gender identities. They will also learn about the specific obstacles faced by LGBTQ survivors and learn how to better safety plan with members of the LGBTQ community. Contact Ariella at or 360-906-9146 for more information.

DVSA Task Force

The Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Task Force was started in 1992 as a way to spread awareness and engage the community in preventing and addressing domestic violence and sexual assault in Clark County. The group meets four times a year to discuss the needs of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. The goal of the task force is to provide a more effective and coordinated community response for survivors through regular communication and joint discussion. Topics and the style of meeting vary. Topics range from sex offender treatment to human trafficking, and the meeting style may be in the form of a panel discussion, presentation, or workshop. For information about the next meeting, please contact Laurie Schacht at or 360-906-9116.

Community Event Tabling

Invite YWCA to table your event. We can focus outreach on one program or topic, or share an overview of our services. To schedule a table at your event, contact us at

Our Bilingual Advocacy Specialist, Beatriz Velasquez, provides outreach to Spanish speaking survivors of domestic violence. Information includes culturally-specific services for DV survivors. To learn more, please contact Beatriz at