Week of Action

Sunday, October 18th

Organize Your Butterflies – A Special Week Without Violence Series

This year, YWCA is honored to feature several conversations surrounding the multitude of ways that Gender Based Violence impacts the lives of survivors. Join us in conversation on Organize Your Butterflies as we explore this harmful spectrum and work to empower and uplift the voices of survivors. Continuing our tradition from last year, we are pleased to release this 2nd ever special mini-series and look forward to sharing the stories of our guests with you beginning on October 18th.

Check back soon for more information and to listen to these tailored episodes as we promote a world free from gender-based violence: APPLE PODCASTS  |  GOOGLE PLAY  |  STITCHER  |  SPOTIFY | TUNEIN | RSS

Topics and guests include Sophie Sandberg, the Founder of CatCalls of NYC and the Chalk Back Movement, and our partners at Allstate as they discuss Moving Ahead from Financial and Domestic Abuse, among others!

Monday, October 19th

Ending Violence Against All Womxn

Womxn experience domestic violence, gender-based violence, and intimate partner violence irrespective of socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, and sex. While no two cases of abuse are the same, we know that abusers exert power over their partners to achieve and maintain power and control over an intimate partner, such as physical violence, emotional abuse, isolation of the victim, financial and economic abuse, intimidation, coercion, and threats. For survivors who identify as women of color, obstacles in leaving an abusive relationship are often heightened due to existing cultural and institutional barriers, making them less likely to seek help and resources to free themselves from their abusers.

In this webinar, attendees will hear from leaders of organizations who are working to eliminate violence against ALL womxn and their communities by providing facts and stats, debunking myths, and providing resources to help survivors thrive.

Tuesday, October 20th

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, we ask you to:

  • Take a Week Without Violence campaign selfie (or group photo) using one of our fillable signs. Share your photo on social media using the hashtag #WWV20, and then tag 5 friends and challenge them to do the same! Check out our useful Week Without Violence photo 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 services 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!

Wednesday, October 21st

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 #WWV20 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:

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  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  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.

Thursday, October 22nd

Virtual Capitol Hill Briefing – YWCA on the Frontlines: VIrtual Site Visits of Local Domestic Violence Providers

For more than 20 years, YWCA and its local associations in 45 states and DC has set aside one week in October as Week Without Violence during Domestic Violence Awareness Month to raise awareness and engage action to end the broad spectrum of violence against women and girls. This year during the COVID-19 global pandemic, reports of domestic violence have increased significantly, as many victims are being required to stay home with their abusers.

Join YWCA for special virtual site visits to hear directly from local service providers helping survivors and their children thrive from emergency funding received from the CARES Act and annual federal funding supported by the Family Violence Prevention & Services Act (FVPSA) and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Both FVPSA and VAWA authorizations have expired.

  • Registration information coming soon!

Friday, October 23rd

#FreedomFriday Instagram Live sponsored by Allstate

Join us for an engaging Instagram Live discussion from 2 to 3 p.m. ET, hosted by YWCA in which we will have an intimate conversation about violence against womxn and how you can offer your support in the quest for freedom from abuse.