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YWCA Week Without Violence™

The YWCA Week Without Violence, the third week in October, is a signature initiative created by YWCA USA nearly 20 years ago to mobilize people in communities across the United States to take action against all forms of violence, wherever it occurs.

This year, YWCA Week Without Violence was held on October 13 – 17, 2014. For each day of Week Without Violence, we focused our blog carnival and messaging around different aspects of violence, in the following schedule:

  • Monday, 10/13: Sexual Assault
  • Tuesday, 10/14: Racial Profiling and Hate Crimes
  • Wednesday, 10/15: Domestic Violence
  • Thursday, 10/16: Economic Violence
  • Friday, 10/17: Immigration-Related Violence

Uniting us throughout the week will be our theme: #WorkAgainstViolence. Click here to read the posts.

According to the American Medical Association, more than 20 percent of women in the United States have experienced intimate-partner violence, stalking or both. A full 17 percent have reported rape or attempted rape. On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States (CDC).

Violence against women, in its many forms, has no demographic boundaries. It is known to all age groups, all races, all religions and all socioeconomic backgrounds. It can take many forms, including economic abuse, intimate partner violence, stalking, racial profiling, and domestic violence. What can be done to #workagainstviolence?

YWCAs all around the country came together to host Week Without Violence events every year, in order to educate their communities, bring people together and take action to end violence. October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Learn more:

Blog Carnival:

  • From 10/13 to 10/17, YWCA USA published blogs discussing the following prompt: How we can come together to #workagainstviolence?
  • Don’t know what a blog carnival is? Click here. 

Local YWCA Associations:
Find resources and materials on the YWCA USA Intranet

Week Without Violence Partners:

The YWCA USA would like to thank their partners in the Week Without Violence including: