Week of Action

Monday, October 18th

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 the hashtag #WWV21, and then tag 5 friends and challenge them to do the same! Check out our useful Week Without Violence guide for more info and sample social media posts.

Can’t or don’t want to post a photo? Support us! YWCA is the largest network of domestic and sexual violence service providers in the country, and your support is crucial to our work. Every year, we help 500,000 women, girls and families get and stay safe through sexual assault, trafficking, and violence prevention programs. Our YWCAs couldn’t do this critical work without support from people like you!

Tuesday, October 19th

Day of Action

Capitol Hill Call-In Day
Strengthening policies that support survivors and help prevent gender-based violence starts with constituents like you! This Capitol Hill Call-In Day, 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 the hashtag #WWV21 and tweeting at your Member of Congress. Together we can paint Capitol Hill persimmon by demanding attention from our elected officials on the important issue of gender-based violence.

Get involved:

  • Act NOW: Urge your members of Congress to support policies that support survivors of gender-based violence and their families. Call on your legislators to express the importance of supporting VAWA, FVPSA, and the resolution to declare racism a public health crisis.
  • Stay connected: Sign up to receive our action alerts!

Make the Local Focal: Where do Your Elected Officials Stand?
Take action! Collective action requires collective responsibility, and it all starts with YOU! It is critical that we each engage with our local elected officials on the important issue of gender-based violence.  And to really make change we must engage our communities, friends, and colleagues.

Get involved:

  • Call on your friends, family, neighbors, and other community members to sign the Week Without Violence Pledge for Community Members to engage in ending gender-based violence.
  • Call on your local and state elected officials to sign the Week Without Violence Pledge for Policy makers to engage in ending gender-based violence, and/or encourage them to issue a proclamation declaring the third week in October to be YWCA Week Without Violence Week in your community.
  • Hold state and local elected officials accountable: Ask questions and find out what their positions are on policies that support survivors. Ask them how they will work to implement changes to end violence against women and girls, and to better provide support and resources. Use our policy resources to get started and check out more information about ways to take action in your community and with your elected officials on our Act Now page!
  • Write a letter to the editor! Use the template in the toolkit to get the word out to your community about the prevalence of gender-based violence in your community and the importance of building a community and a world free from violence.
  • Stay connected: Sign up to receive our action alerts

Wednesday, October 20th

Week Without Violence Facebook Live with Special Guest

Join YWCA Interim CEO and COO, Elisha Rhodes and a very special guest, for an engaging Facebook Live on October 20, as they have an intimate conversation about violence against women and how we can collectively advocate for the support and resources that survivors and communities need to feel empowered as they move beyond just surviving to thriving.

Thursday, October 21st

Reimagining the Role of Resilience

Join us for a panel discussion on how we can reimagine the role of resilience and build thriving futures for survivors by centering healing – including replenishment, rest, and recovery – and addressing domestic and systemic violence, as well as the root causes of trauma, which feed into the cycle of harm.

More details coming soon!

Friday, October 22nd

More details coming soon!

Saturday, October 23rd


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.