Week Without Violence

YWCA Week Without Violence is an annual global campaign to stop violence in all its forms. Throughout the week activities focus on raising awareness, promoting attitude change and enabling individuals and organizations to begin positive actions towards ending violence in their communities. 

Every year during the third week of October, YWCAs from all over the world promote and encourage a Week without Violence – a week-long series of community events promoting diverse approaches to creating a world free of violence. 

This year’s theme is ending gender-based violence focused on domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking, and psychological and verbal abuse. 

The YWCA Lower Cape Fear has teamed up with Domestic Violence Shelter & Services, Rape Crisis Center, Carousel Center, NHC Sheriff’s Dept., UNCW’s CARE, NHC Public Library, Cape Fear Museum, WSRC and more to host a series of educational and engaging events that is open to the entire community.  


The 2016 Week Without Violence will be held from October 17th- 21st.
This year's theme:

Gender-Based Violence 
2016 Week of Events:

Thurs, Oct 13- Take Back the Night – NHC Courthouse 316 Princess St. @ 7:00pm

Mon, Oct 17- Silent Witnesses Event- 102 N 3rd St. @ 12:30pm (adjacent Courthouse)

Mon, Oct 17- FSA Writing Workshop @ 7 pm @ UNCW Clock Tower Lounge

Tues, Oct 18- LINC, Inc. "What is gender-based violence?" Discussion @ 2-4 pm

Tues, Oct 18- Film Screening & Discussion of Girl Rising- NE Library @ 6:00 pm

Tues, Oct 18- Film Screening of Hunting Ground- UNCW CARE & WSRC @ 6-8pm @ Kenan Hall

Wed, Oct 19- UNCW & DVS Transforming Trauma: Exploring Art Therapy @ 12:30 pm @ McNeil Hall

Wed, Oct 19- Film Screening of Miss Representation @ 6 pm @ Cape Fear Museum

Thurs,Oct 20 – YWCA Potluck for Peace & Panel Discussion- 5:30 pm (Partner Info Fair) 6:00 pm- Potluck & Panel
@ YWCA Bridge Center - 41 Government Center Drive, 28403
Please RSVP to Kelly Williams by Oct 17 at newchoices@ywca-lowercapefear.org or 910-799-6820 x 114

All community members are welcome and bring a hearty dish to share!


In addition to Week Without Violence, the YWCA works all year, inviting members of our communities to consider realistic and sustainable alternatives to violence. The YWCA has spread the anti-violence message to millions, and with help, we can continue to make a difference.
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The YWCA supports public policies that protect victims, hold perpetrators accountable, and work to eradicate sexual assault and domestic violence, trafficking of women, and dating violence. The YWCA recognizes the need for anti-violence programs and policies to be culturally sensitive in both their approaches to combating violence against women and in responding to victims of violence.
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