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Preview Week Without Violence

Week Without Violence is part of a global movement with YWCAs across the country and around the world to end domestic violence. Domestic violence is not a black and white issue. It is critical that we have a nuanced conversation about domestic violence where race, class and gender is a factor. At YWCA, we know that not all violence is acknowledged or responded to equally and that some victims go unrecognized altogether.

That’s why, for more than 20 years, YWCA has set aside one week in October as a Week Without Violence as we raise awareness, elevate survivor voices, so that together, we can end gender-based violence. Join us for the week of October 17-21 for deeper, authentic conversation around these five topics: Anger, Silence, Protectionism, LGBTQA+ and Youth.

Follow the stories of individuals in our community who have been courageous to share their experiences with you.

Watch a video about how the LGBTQIA+ Community struggle with domestic violence below. Check out our YouTube channel for more videos about the upcoming topics.

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