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YWCA Week Without Violence

October 18, 2021 - October 23, 2021

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. Together we can create a world where women, girls, and communities of color are empowered and supported to move beyond resilience, from surviving to thriving.

More about our theme — Beyond Resilience: From Surviving to Thriving!

Questions? Reach out to Breanne Zost, Events Coordinator: bzost@ywcawcmi.org

How You Can Help

Monday, October 18
Imagine a World Without Violence

When we envision a world without violence, we begin to build a path to creating such a world. Help us raise awareness about gender-based violence, support survivors, and envision what can be!

Today, and all through the week, we ask you to:

Take a Week Without Violence campaign selfie (or group photo) using one of the customizable signs and tag us on social. Then, use the hashtag #WWV21 to tag 5 friends and challenge them to do the same! Check out the useful Week Without Violence guide for more info and sample social media posts.

Can’t or don’t want to post a photo? No problem! Then, donate and support the critical work that we do in our local community to make a world without violence a reality for survivors today…and every day.

Tuesday, October 19
Day of Action

Because of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2021 and the Family Violence Prevention Services Act (FVPSA), more survivors are able to seek and receive help from community service agencies and the criminal justice system. Survivors and their families cannot wait for Congress to reauthorize these critical bills. Join YWCAs across the country and tell your member of Congress to co-sponsor and pass #VAWA and #FVPSA today! 

Act now by visiting ywca.quorum.us/actions/

Thursday, October 21
Purple Thursday

We’re joining YWCAs and the National Network to End Domestic Violence to encourage our communities to wear purple today. Demonstrate your support of survivors, raise awareness about domestic and dating abuse, and then post your photo to social media with the hashtag #PurpleThursdayGR along with a link to our donation page. (ywcawcmi.org/give)

Saturday, October 23
Self-Care Saturday

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 suggestions from the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women.


October 18, 2021
October 23, 2021


YWCA West Central Michigan
25 Sheldon Ave., SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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