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Domestic Violence Does Not Take a Holiday, and Neither Do We

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

  The winter holiday season comes packed with many traditions: decorations, gifts, loved ones, gatherings, meals, lights, movies, music. Sparkling cards fill the aisles of every store, depicting messages and pictures of happy families and occasions overflowing with joy and peace. However, for some families, experiencing domestic violence during the holidays is as traditional as… Continue Reading Domestic Violence Does Not Take a Holiday, and Neither Do We

Why Survivors Don’t Call the Police

Friday, December 4, 2020

Survivors of sexual and domestic violence are often asked why they “didn’t just call the police” when faced with domestic and sexual violence. The answer to this question is complicated and varies from survivor to survivor: Fear. Manipulation. Control. Shame. Blame. Judgement. Isolation. Discrimination. These barriers, compounded with institutional and historical factors and the lack… Continue Reading Why Survivors Don’t Call the Police

YWCA Welcomes Becca Spielman as new Center for Safety and Empowerment Program Director

Friday, May 1, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TOPEKA – YWCA Northeast Kansas is proud to announce and welcome Becca Spielman as the agency’s new Center for Safety and Empowerment (CSE) Program Director. Spielman will oversee all CSE personnel and administrative functions and will play an integral part in furthering YWCA’s overall strategic vision. Spielman has extensive experience in staff… Continue Reading YWCA Welcomes Becca Spielman as new Center for Safety and Empowerment Program Director

Prioritizing Your Health and Safety

Friday, March 13, 2020

As the number of confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnoses continues to rise, we want to assure the greater Topeka community that the health, safety, and well-being of YWCA Northeast Kansas staff, and the children, families, and individuals we serve remains our highest priority. We want you to know that we are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely, and are working closely with our community… Continue Reading Prioritizing Your Health and Safety

A Whole Month for Women?: A Note from Kathleen’s Desk

Monday, March 2, 2020

Dear Friends, We really need to talk about intersectional feminism. This idea recognizes that certain groups of people have multi-layered facets in life that they have to deal with, such as racism, ableism, classism, and bias against gender expression and sexual orientation, just to name a few. I am reminded of Sojourner Truth’s famous “Ain’t I A… Continue Reading A Whole Month for Women?: A Note from Kathleen’s Desk