About Week Without Violence

YWCA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. For more than 20 years, we have set aside one week in October as a Week Without Violence – a week to raise awareness and engage action to end the broad spectrum of violence – as part of a global movement with World YWCA to end violence against women and girls.

At YWCA, 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.

This year, we invite you to join us from October 17 – 22, as we center survivors and focus on how today’s most divisive issues and headlines are impacting victims and survivors of gender-based violence. From gun violence to reproductive health restrictions, anti-LGBTQ+ legislation, and police violence, victims and survivors of gender-based violence experience some of our nation’s most contentious issues in unique and especially harmful ways. By centering survivors in these discussions and in our Get Out the Vote efforts we can ensure the needs of all survivors are addressed. Learn more.