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City of Spokane tackles domestic violence head on

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City of Spokane passes 2 ordinances about domestic violence City of Spokane passes 2 ordinances about domestic violence
SPOKANE, Wash. - On the heels of headlines across the country regarding domestic violence, the Spokane City Council is tackling the issue head on. On Monday, the city council unanimously passed two ordinances related to domestic violence, and city council president Ben Stuckart called it "just a start."

The first ordinance adds victims of domestic violence to those protected in the city charter against employment and housing discrimination.

The second ordinance allows judges to impose a penalty of up to $100 against anyone convicted of a crime that involves domestic violence. The money collected from offenders will go to programs that help victims of domestic violence.

Speaking at Monday night's council meeting was Regina Malveaux, the executive director of the Spokane YWCA. She says they see 30 to 40 victims of some type of domestic violence per day. That comes to more than 13,000 victims of domestic violence per year, just in Spokane. Malveaux says, "there's always more that can be done, but I think the important thing is that there is national discussion taking place around these issues and people are realizing that it's not isolated to one particular population of people and that it really does need to be part of the larger conversation."

The two ordinances will go into effect in October. And the YWCA wants to remind anyone dealing with domestic violence that there are services available. The YWCA's 24-hour crisis hotline is 509-326-2255.

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