24-Hour Crisis & Support HelpLine: 800-334-4628
Domestic Violence Crisis TEXT LINE: 615-983-5170
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), and we’re participating in and planning events to highlight the crisis of domestic abuse in our community and the resources that exist to help and support survivors. We’re proud to be the largest provider of domestic violence services in the state, with the 65-bed Weaver Domestic Violence Center, 24-Hour Crisis & Support Helpline and Textline, and a newly opened, state-of-the-art pet shelter for pets of survivors fleeing abuse. Each week, we’ll invite you to learn more and help us amplify our message.
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Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Purple represents survival, courage, peace, and dedication to ending violence. It is a salute to survivors and those we have lost to domestic violence. YWCA is decorating trees at our main offices and at the Weaver Domestic Violence Center with purple ribbons to kick off DVAM.
We invite you to join in by wearing purple or displaying a purple ribbon on your door, mailbox, or tree. Take a photo of your purple show of support, post it on social media and tag YWCA Nashville & Middle TN using the hashtags #DVAM and #EndDvNow.
Join us and the Nashville Coalition Against Domestic Violence for Meet Us At The Bridge on Saturday, Oct. 9 at 9 am as we remember those who lost their lives to domestic violence in the past year and those who work to end abuse. Click here for details.
Domestic violence is all about power and control. It does not discriminate based on age, gender, religion, or socio economic background. Abuse can be emotional or physical or both. Learn the signs of Domestic Violence here.
Share our 24-Hour Crisis & Support Helpline with someone who may need assistance – CALL 800-334-4628 or TEXT 615-983-5170.
Week Without Violence is part of a global movement with YWCAs across the country and around the world to end violence against women and girls. At YWCA, we know that not all violence is acknowledged or responded to equally and that some victims go unrecognized altogether. That’s why, for more than 20 years, YWCA has set aside one week in October as a Week Without Violence. Join us from October 18 – 23, as we hold events, share information and stories, advocate, and more with a common goal in mind: together, we can end gender-based violence.
Share our @ywcanashville social media posts on your social media account and use #DVAM and #EndDVNow.
To be the best advocate, you need to be your best self physically, mentally, and emotionally. Practice self-care to both rest and strengthen your mind and body. Go for a walk, spend time outdoors, read a book, do a DIY project, limit technological stimuli, meditate, journal, or spend time with a friend. See more about the importance of self-care here.
Challenge others to take time to care for themselves so we can all take better care of one another.
Other Ways to Participate:
Create Your Own Facebook Fundraiser
Have a birthday in October? Consider creating a birthday fundraiser, through Facebook in observance of DVAM.
Paint a Pumpkin Purple
In spirit of the fall season, paint a pumpkin purple and display it on your porch as a symbol of awareness. This could be a great activity to do with your children and educate them on kindness and healthy relationships.
Challenge your friends/networks to a $5 Friday and ask for donations to YWCA of $5 (or $15, or $25 ...) on each Friday of October in observance of DVAM.
Does your employer have a matching gifts program? Consider a recurring or monthly donation to YWCA in observance of our Domestic Violence Services program and loop-in your employer so they can match your gift.