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 will be held October 13 – 17, 2014. Our theme will be #WorkAgainstViolence.

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 come 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:
• View and share facts and infographics
• Spread the word through social media
• Find more resources
• Find out more about the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
• Read the YWCA USA’s Week Without Violence™ 2013 Blog Carnival and Storify

Local YWCA Associations:
Find resources and materials on the YWCA USA Brand Center