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Week Without Violence 2022
October 20, 2022
An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until October 22, 2022
For more than 20 years, YWCA has set aside one week in October as a Week Without Violence. It is part of a global movement of YWCAs across the country and around the world.
We know that not all violence is acknowledged or responded to equally and that some victims go unrecognized altogether. That’s why we focus on ending gender-based violence, including domestic violence, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, trafficking, and harassment.
Join us for the following activities as we do the work to raise awareness and advocate for the accessible, effective, and consistent resources that survivors and communities need to build the flourishing futures they deserve.
More about our theme — Centering Survivors.
How You Can Help
Monday, October 17th
Imagine a World Without Violence
When we envision a world without violence, we begin to build a path to creating that world. Help us raise awareness about gender-based violence, support survivors, and envision a world without violence!
Today, and all through the week, we ask you to:
- Take a Week Without Violence campaign selfie (or group photo) using one of our customizable signs, tag us on social and use #WWV22, and then tag 5 friends and challenge them to do the same!
Tuesday, October 18th
Advocacy Day of Action
We invite you to engage your Members of Congress by taking action online; calling your legislators; and engaging with these discussions on social media, using #WWV22 and tweeting at your Member of Congress.
Stay connected: Sign up to receive YWCA USA action alerts.
Thursday, October 20th
National Town Hall
Join YWCA USA for a dynamic discussion on Centering Survivors of domestic and sexual violence, happening on October 20 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET. By centering survivors in our GOTV efforts and in our discussions about today’s most divisive issues – including gun violence and mass shootings, reproductive health restrictions, anti-LGBTQ+ laws, and police violence – we can bridge divides and build support among voters, candidates, and policymakers for the services and solutions survivors need to build safe and thriving futures.
This virtual town hall event will include speakers such as:
- Margaret Mitchell: CEO, YWCA USA
- Ruth Glenn: President and CEO, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)
- Francesca Rattray: CEO, YWCA San Antonio
- Terra Russell-Slavin: Chief Impact Officer, LA LGBT Center
More information will be coming soon, but this event wouldn’t be complete without your participation, so don’t delay and register today!
Friday, October 21st
Join us for an engaging Twitter chat from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET, hosted by our team at @YWCAUSA! We will be discussing how today’s most divisive issues impact survivors. Participate in the conversation on Twitter using #WWV22.
Saturday, October 22nd
Service providers, advocates, and activists in the fight to end gender-based violence all care deeply about these issues, and about the survivors they help each and every day. Unfortunately, this work can also cause vicarious trauma for individuals as they work with survivors who have undergone serious trauma or can retraumatize individuals who are survivors themselves.
Taking the time to engage in healing and self-care as a provider, advocate, activist, or survivor is an integral part of your own mental and physical well-being and will help make you an even more powerful advocate for your causes and clients. Check out a few self-care suggestions from the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women.