YWCA’s 2022 Week Without Violence: Centering Survivors

This year we focus on how today’s most divisive issues and headlines are impacting victims and survivors of gender-based violence.

Join us from October 17-22, 2022 as we raise awareness, elevate survivor voices, talk with policymakers, and more with a common goal: centering survivors so that together, we can end gender-based violence.


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.

Supreme Court decisions, state legislation, and rising wave of hate and violence have created a chilling landscape for survivors. From gun violence and mass shootings to reproductive health restrictions, anti-LGBTQ+ laws, and police violence, some of our nation’s most contentious issues directly impact the safety and well-being of survivors in unique and especially harmful ways.

As our nation heads to the polls in November amidst the increasingly contentious rhetoric and political division surrounding abortion bands, “don’t say gay” laws, access to firearms, and more, voters will decide the outcomes of more than 7,000 local, state, and federal offices.

To ensure the voices and needs of all survivors are addressed, it is critical that we center survivors in these discussions and in our voter education and GOTV (Get Out The Vote) efforts. By raising awareness of the ways polarizing issues impact survivors, we can bridge divides and build support among voters, candidates, and policymakers for the services and solutions survivors need.


Week Without Violence 2022

Imagine a World Without Violence

October 17 | Imagine a World Without Violence

When we envision a world without violence, we begin to build a path to creating that world. Today, and all through the week, we ask you to complete one of our customizable signs and take a photo of yourself or a group to raise awareness about gender-based violence, support survivors, and envision a world without violence!

Advocacy Day of Action

October 18 | Advocacy Day of Action

We invite you to engage your Members of Congress by taking action and calling your legislators. Help ensure that survivor voices and concerns are at the forefront this election season.

Check out YWCA’s Legislative Priorities for the 117th Congress here.

Capitol Hill Call-In Day

This Capitol Hill Call-In Day, we invite you to engage your Members of Congress by taking action online; calling your legislators; and engaging with these discussions on social media, using #WWV22 and tweeting at your Member of Congress.


Help ensure that survivor voices and concerns are at the forefront this election season. Engage with your state and local elected officials on this important issue. Ask questions about the policies and solutions candidates would pursue to  prevent gender-based violence and support survivors.

Stay connected: Sign up to receive our action alerts.

Community Support – Wear Purple

October 19 | On Wednesdays We Wear Purple

We encourage our community to wear purple in solidarity with survivors of domestic violence. Share your photo on social media and tag @ywcalcf (Facebook and Twitter) or @ywca_lowercapefear (IG).

Purple is a symbol of hope for survivors of domestic violence. Wear purple and stand with survivors of domestic violence.


Talk On Race, a Potluck for Peace Special Event

Talk On Race, a Potluck for Peace Special Event

Join Talk On Race Host Jhaniqua Palmer as she moderates a live and in-person panel discussion about gender-based violence, resources and support for survivors. This event is free. Attendees are encouraged to bring a covered dish to share.

Giving Her a Voice
October 20, 2022
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
615 Bess Street

Registration Required

Family Self-Defense Class

Register here.

October 21 | Family Self-Defense Class

For families of all ages, join experienced Brazilian Jiu Jitsu trainers for an all-levels self-defense class.

Location: YWCA Parking Lot
October 21, 2022
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

#SelfCareSaturday & Virtual Morning Yoga


Time: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85058148865?pwd=c08vZWhtYXVlby9ieTdOdDBFM2t6dz09

Meeting ID: 850 5814 8865
Passcode: 556065
Or watch via Facebook Live (ywcalcf)