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
  • Gardner Candlelight Vigil: October 4

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: 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

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

Join YWCA Central Massachusetts and the City of Gardner on Thursday, October 4, 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.

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


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:

DVAM 2021 fundraiser

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