Week Without Violence Starts October 18

For more than 20 years, YWCA has set aside one week in October as a Week Without Violence—one week when YWCAs across the country join with YWCAs around the world as part of a global movement to end gender-based violence.

This year, Week Without Violence will take place from October 18-24, 2020.

Through our work as the largest network of domestic and sexual violence services providers in the U.S., we know that not all violence is acknowledged or responded to equally, and that some victims go unrecognized altogether. Our focus on gender-based violence — which recognizes a spectrum of violence, including but not limited to, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, trafficking, and harassment — allows us to address, educate, and take action around myriad issues that impact our communities.

Know the numbers:

  • 1 in 5 women has been raped in her lifetime

  • Every 2 minutes another American is sexually assaulted

  • 1 in 3 young girls is a victim of physical, verbal, or emotional abuse in the U.S.

  • 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence within her lifetime

  • More than 4 women are murdered by their partners each day

At YWCA, we imagine a world without violence. We know that together, we can end gender-based violence. Stay tuned for more information and actions you can take as we work together to end violence against women.