Week of Action

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

Capitol Hill Call-In Day

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 #WWV22 and tweeting at your Member of Congress.


Help ensure that survivor voices and concerns are at the forefront this election season. Engage with your state and local elected officials on this important issue. Host a candidate forum focused on gender-based violence, a voter registration drive, or other GOTV efforts. Ask questions about the policies and solutions candidates would pursue to  prevent gender-based violence and support survivors.

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Wednesday, October 19th

Find a Week Without Violence Event

Check out the Week Without Violence events in your area and see how you can participate!

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
  • Rachel Graber, Director of Public Affairs, 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

Twitter Storm

Join us for an engaging Twitter storm 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.