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 OVERVIEW:

  • Ribbons of Hope: October 1 – 31 YWCA Salem Square Facility
  • Disrupting Racial Inequity Daybreak Panel: October 5 at 8:00 AM
  • Worcester Vigil: October 5, 2020 at 5:00 PM at Worcester City Hall
  • Gardner Vigil: October 8, 2020 at 6:30 PM at Gardner City Hall
  • Virtual Craft Night: Saturday, October 24th at 4:00 PM via Zoom
  • “What Would You Do?” Discussion: October 15 at 6:30 PM via Zoom

YWCA USA Week without Violence | Ocotber 18-24 Week Without Violence is part of a global movement to end violence against women and girls with YWCAs across the country and around the world. At YWCA, we know that not all violence is acknowledged or responded to equally. 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 – 24 as we share information and stories, advocate, and more with a common goal in mind: together, we can end gender-based violence.

 

 

Ribbons of Hope | October 1 -31 | YWCA Central Massachusetts

Ribbons of hope is an interactive, community-curated display created to provide hope, inspire, and empower our community members facing adversity derived from 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:

  • Visit: https://forms.gle/EoTDVENvkfFEVUYX9
  • 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

Disrupting Racial Inequity Panel | October 5 at 8:00 AM | Virtual

As we continue to grapple with the devastating fallout of the coronavirus pandemic—from deaths, job loss, evictions, and so much more—there has also been a surge of domestic violence in our communities. Stay-at-home orders essential to slowing the spread of the virus, coupled with the economic and health stressors caused by the pandemic, have forced DV survivors already at risk of domestic abuse into even more vulnerable and dangerous positions. While we know DV has no boundaries, it is almost certain that women of color particularly Black and Latinx women are continuing to experience higher rates of DV compared with the general population.

The current DV crisis shines a spotlight on the overriding inadequacies of the very systems intended to support survivors and to prevent domestic violence. Join our panelists for a discussion on how we can create an improved system of survivor supports that addresses the unique needs and challenges faced by women of color ensuring their physical, psychological and economic safety.

Watch the discussion here: https://bit.ly/2Fdhw2m


Worcester Vigil | October 5 at 5:00 PM | Worcester City Hall

Join YWCA Central Massachusetts and the City of Worcester on Monday, October 5, 2020 at 5:00 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. We will pay tribute to Megan McNeil, a Worcester community member who we lost to domestic violence earlier this summer. The event will conclude with the raising of the purple flag.


Gardner Candlelight Vigil | October 8 at 6:30 PM | Gardner City Hall

Join YWCA Central Massachusetts and the City of Gardner on Thursday, October 8, 2020 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. This year, we will pay tribute to Migdalia Perez, a Gardner community member who we lost to domestic violence earlier this summer.

A big thank you to Voices of Truth for donating the candles for the event.


What Would You Do? Bystander Intervention Discussion | October 15 at 6:30 PM | Zoom

What would you do if you saw someone being mistreated by their significant other in public? Would you step in or walk away? What is the right thing to do, and what is safest for you and for them? You don’t have to answer these questions alone. It can be scary, but we can make a difference! Join us as we dive head-first into these situations and explore possible actions and outcomes.


 

Virtual Craft Night | October 24 at 4:00 PM | Zoom

YWCA Central Massachusetts and Creative Hub are partnering up for a fun-filled night featuring origami crafts! This virtual event is FREE and open to the public. Healing from trauma can come from our hands. It can flow from our hearts and minds and express itself through our art. The same is said for our empathy and hopes for humanity. The same is said for our sadness and joy- our pain and our love. The same is said for our place in our community and what we want COMMUNITY to be. The same is said for how we commemorate and hold space for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Recommended Supplies:

  • paper (construction paper not recommended)
  • scissors
  • string, ribbon or pipe cleaner/chenille stem
  •  
    Optional:

  • Marker
  • Crayon
  • Paint
  • glitter glue for decorating
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    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:

    7. Publish & Share!

    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