YWCA Central Massachusetts Press Release



YWCA To Host Month-Long Domestic Violence Awareness Campaign

Worcester, MA – Nearly three out of four Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence. During the month of October, YWCA Central Massachusetts invites the community to take a stand, support survivors, and speak out against domestic violence during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM).


“At the YWCA, we know that not all violence is acknowledged or responded to equally and that some victims go unrecognized altogether, “stated YWCA Executive Director Linda Cavaioli. She continued, “Not all survivors are seen, heard, or believed equally. We’re working to change that.”


Throughout October, the YW is set to host a variety of events crafted to ignite community conversation and help bring domestic violence issues to light by amplifying the voices of survivors, continuing the dialogue of violence prevention, and promoting domestic violence services. Events are as follows:


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


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Alyssa Mancinelli
Development & Communications Specialist