For more than 20 years, YWCA has set aside one week in October as a Week Without Violence, part of a global movement to end violence against women and girls with the World YWCA. This year, Week Without Violence will take place from October 14-18.
Through our Week Without Violence campaign and our work as the largest network of domestic violence services providers, we are focused on ending gender-based violence. At YWCA, we know that not all violence is acknowledged or responded to equally, and that some victims go unrecognized altogether. Our focus on gender-based violence — which recognizes a spectrum of violence, including but not limited to, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, trafficking, and harassment — allows us to address, educate, and take action around myriad issues that impact our communities.
- Aquatics will do an activity about combatting violence with swim participants and will send home a handout for families.
- Fit Kids will be writing on paper hands the good things hands can be for instead of hurting others.
- Preschool will be reading the books Hands Are Not for Hitting and When Sophie Gets Angry. The classes will then be discussing positive ways to use hands and to express emotions.
- CAPS (Child Abuse Prevention Services) will set up a display in the Y Lobby.
- Wednesday, October 16th – Y staff & members are encouraged to wear purple to raise awareness for domestic violence
Facts about domestic violence:
- Gender-based violence overview
- Technology and gender-based violence
- Gender-based violence and health
YWCA Week Without Violence, held each October is part of a global movement to end violence against women and girls with YWCAs across the country and around the world.
Click this link for more information: http://ywcaweekwithoutviolence.org/