Week Without Violence, October 17-22

October 10, 2022

Week Without Violence is an ideal time to raise awareness and advocate for ending gender-based violence in your community and across the country. Your voice is critically important, and YWCA can help amplify it. Your experiences, stories, interest, and action can increase government funding and resources, strengthen protections, and enhance awareness.

Gender-based violence and racism continue to impact the lives of countless women and their families across the United States. Women and girls of all
ages, income levels, racial and ethnic communities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and religious affiliations experience violence in the form of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and trafficking, which is compounded by experiences of racism and racial violence

How You Can Help

Join Week Without Violence 2022! Given YWCA’s mission and the network’s historical commitment to women’s health & safety, every YWCA can and should participate in the 2022 Week Without Violence. However, you may be wondering how your YWCA can meaningfully participate in Week Without Violence this year, given limited capacity and ongoing challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The good news is that there are still many opportunities to engage your community in the effort to end gender-based violence and support survivors. Because all YWCAs serve unique communities, each YWCA will need to engage in a way that fits its individual needs, capitalizes on its current capacity, and reflects its community.

Use this guide to inform your WWV 2022 efforts— and don’t forget to register your events on your Week Without Violence dashboard.

To request guidance, email weekwithoutviolence@ywca.org.