Domestic Violence Awareness Month

OCTOBER IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE  AWARENESS MONTH

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Nearly three out of four Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence. Now is the time to take a stand. Support survivors and speak out against domestic violence all month long.

Your participation helps bring the cause of domestic violence awareness to the light, whether it’s through attendance at events, donations to our programs, or by sharing our status updates, everything you do helps amplify the voices of survivors and continue the dialogue of violence prevention and Domestic Violence services.


Events

Check back for more events! This page is updated daily!

EVENTS OVERVIEW:

  • Ribbons of Hope: October 1 – 31, YWCA Salem Square Facility
  • Empty Place at the Table: October 4- November 1, YWCA Salem Square Facility
  • Gardner Candlelight Vigil: October 4, Gardner city Hall
  • Worcester Candlelight Vigil: October 5, Worcester City Hall
  • Art as Healing: October 14, Creative Hub Worcester
  • Week Without Violence: October 18-23, Virtual
  • Leominster Silent Walk: October 19, Leominster Police Department
  • Trauma-Informed Yoga: October 22, YWCA Salem Square Facility
  • Daybreak Breakfast: October 25, YWCA Salem Square Facility
  • Bystander Intervention Workshop: October 27, Zoom

Downloadable Calendar 

Ribbons of Hope | October 1 -31 | YWCA

Ribbons of hope is an interactive, community-curated display created to provide hope, inspire, and empower our community members facing adversity due to domestic violence. Survivors are not alone and have a voice. Messages are curated from our Central Massachusetts community as well as the survivors we work with daily.

Submit Your Message: https://forms.gle/UTLzLheeTc67VHTz7

Write a short message of hope, inspiration, or empowerment for survivors of domestic violence in the community. Messages can be named or anonymous.

Visit the YW during the month of October to see your message and read other’s

Empty Place at the Table | October 4- November 1 | YWCA

Empty Place at the Table is a traveling tribute of remembrance that honors those who have lost their lives to domestic violence during the past year in Massachusetts. The names of every victim are inscribed onto each place setting, a powerful display of the family memories that will be missed.

Gardner Candlelight Vigil | October 4 at 6:30 PM | Gardner City Hall

Join YWCA Central Massachusetts, Voices of Truth, and the City of Gardner on Monday, October 4, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. outside City Hall as we honor those who’ve lost their lives to domestic violence in our community during a special candlelight vigil and Proclamation reading.

Worcester Candlelight Vigil | October 5 at 4:30 PM | Worcester City Hall

Join YWCA Central Massachusetts and the City of Worcester on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. outside City Hall as we honor those who’ve lost their lives to domestic violence in our community during a special vigil and Proclamation reading.  The event will conclude with the raising of the purple flag.

Arts as Healing | October 14 at 6:00 PM | Creative Hub Worcester

Join YWCA and Creative Hub Worcester as they host a special craft night featuring build your own fairy or elf gardens. Limited one per family. Refreshments provided.

Thank you for your interest in our Arts as Healing event. Unfortunately, we have reached capacity. Be sure to check our our other Domestic Violence Awareness events happening all month long!

A Week Without Violence | October 18-23

Week Without Violence is part of a global movement with YWCAs across the country and around the world to end violence against women and girls. 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. Join us from October 18 – 23, as we hold events, share information and stories, advocate, and more with a common goal in mind: together, we can end gender-based violence. Click HERE to learn more.

This year, our theme honors the significance of resilience in surviving violence but also aims to recognize the limits. Through this year’s observance, we hope to provide information and resources for survivors and advocates that support healing and building a thriving future for survivors.

Leominster Silent Walk | October 19 at 1:00 PM | Leominster Police Department

Join YWCA, Spanish American Center, and the Leominster and Fitchburg Police Departments to honor the victims and survivors of domestic violence in the North Central community. We will meet outside the Leominster Police Department and then march to Leominster City Hall where the Leominster proclamation against domestic violence will be read.

Trauma-Informed Yoga | October 22 at 6:00 PM | YWCA

This beginner class does not focus on technique, rather on being present, exploring emotions, and building a stronger mind-body connection. This practice focuses on using the power of your body and strives to create a safe space through hands-off classes, low or no music, and a soft, calming environment.

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Daybreak Breakfast | October 25 at 8:00 AM | YWCA

The Daybreak Breakfast is designed to educate, motivate and inspire people to build safe communities by raising awareness of domestic violence, supporting survivors and promoting healthy relationships. To learn more and register, CLICK HERE.

What Would You Do? Bystander Intervention  | October 27 at 6:00 PM | Zoom

Pop Culture Edition! What would you do if you saw a family member or friend being mistreated by their significant other? Would you step in or walk away? What is the right thing to do, and what is safest for you and for them? Join us as we use popular TV shows and movies to dive head-first into these situations and explore possible actions and outcomes.

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Start A Fundraiser

We need your help to continue to grow the impact of our work. Support us by starting a Facebook fundraiser during the month of October.

Here’s how you can start your own Domestic Violence Awareness Month fundraiser:
1. Click here to start a fundraiser on Facebook
2. Set a goal – any goal. Every dollar makes a difference!
3. Pick a start and end date. We suggest running it throughout the month of October.
4. Name the fundraiser. Here’s some suggestions:

  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • Break the Cycle: DVAM
  • Ending Domestic Violence

5. Write a description to let people know why this fundraiser is important or use ours:

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Nearly three out of four Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence. Now is the time to take a stand. Support survivors and speak out against domestic violence all month long.

I’m joining YWCA Central Massachusetts to help break the cycle of domestic violence. Throughout the month of October, I’m raising funds to support the YW’s mission to raise awareness of domestic violence, support survivors, and promote healthy relationships.

Through their programs and campaigns, such as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, they seek to raise awareness of intimate partner violence and work to provide direct and comprehensive support to survivors, and create community solutions that prevent domestic violence and promote healthy relationships.

Learn more about their Domestic Violence Services:  https://ywcacm.org/domestic-violence-awareness-month/

6. Upload a cover photo or use ours:

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7. Publish & Share!


Domestic Violence Resources

Domestic violence services are designed to meet the needs of survivors and their children whose lives are affected by interpersonal violence. All services are confidential, free of charge, and can be accessed by calling the 24-hour helpline at 508-755-9030, or by using our chat line: www.ywcahelp.com.

YWCA Central Massachusetts has developed a comprehensive domestic violence program that encompasses a social justice service delivery system that can respond to survivors of domestic violence effectively and efficiently. The design of each component is intended to address specific areas in the continuum of domestic violence services – ranging from confidential emergency shelter for survivors and children fleeing from imminent danger to non-residential community based services, advocacy and support. It strives to address all forms of intimate partner violence simultaneously. Battered Women’s Resources (BWR) and Daybreak are programs of the YWCA Central Massachusetts.

24-Hour Helpline: 508-755-9030
Our 24-hour helpline service provides emotional support, domestic violence advocacy, referrals to community resources, safety planning and crisis intervention. The helpline is answered by trained advocates who offer thoughtful attention. The helpline accepts collect calls.

Online Help/Chat Line: ywcahelp.com
The daily chatline service provides emotional support, domestic violence advocacy, referrals to community resources, safety planning and crisis intervention. The chatline is answered by trained advocates who offer thoughtful attention. The chat line address is www.ywcahelp.com