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Blog Carnival
To raise awareness about violence in our communities, YWCA USA is hosting a Week Without Violence blog carnival from October 12 to 19, 2012.

Read our 2012 Week Without Violence blogs here:

  • YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish: When Domestic Violence Happens, You Don't Have a Place to Go Home
    “Upon leaving an abusive relationship, a woman may have nowhere to go. According to the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, approximately 63% of homeless women have experienced domestic violence in their adult lives. Domestic violence shelters in the Seattle area are often full and have to turn women and children away. Sadly, this is not unique to the Seattle region.”
  • YWCA Boston: Preventing Violence Before It Happens: Bringing Youth and Law Enforcement Together
    “The history of racial strife in our city serves only to complicate the messy relationship between communities of color and law enforcement. In neighborhoods plagued by chronic violence and poverty, the idea of justice is a theory, not a reality, and the hope for a better tomorrow is tenuous and some feel, hanging by a thread.”
  • YWCA USA: Take a Stand Against Hate Crimes
    Bea Esbit and Diana Drips of YWCA Sonoma County, Calif., raise awareness about domestic violence with a Purple Flag Display at the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. Each flag represents one victim of domestic abuse reported in Sonoma County in the past year.

    “In the year following September 11, 2001, the FBI reports that hate crimes targeted towards perceived or actual South Asians, Arabs, Muslims and Sikhs increased by 1,600%. This emerging issue has not only highlighted the need for improved community responses towards hate crimes, but for increased federal and state measures in place to address, prosecute, and assess crimes fueled by hate.”
  • La Casa de las Madres: Speaking Up and Speaking Out about Domestic Violence
    “Community silence about domestic violence was historically the norm and bears some responsibility for its pervasiveness.  When survivors hear that it’s a private family matter, don’t hear it being taken seriously, or simply don’t hear their community talk about it at all, the message is that they’re alone in facing it, should keep quiet about it, or are to blame.”
  • YWCA Northcentral Pennsylvania: When Discomfort Leads to Violence: Options for Survivors
    “Yes, the YWCA’s mission may begin with “empowering women,” but it certainly doesn’t end there. We believe and will fight for “peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.” We here in Central Pennsylvania take this mission to heart. In our county of 116,000 people, the YWCA provide services to nearly 1,500 men, women and children in our Wise Options shelter– providing safety and support for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes.”
  • YWCA Central Alabama: The Price of Love
    “To kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Domestic Violence Services unveiled “The Price of Love,” a video featuring YWCA staff member and former Birmingham Chief of Police Annetta Nunn. The video, sponsored by Verizon, contains the YWCA-version of the popular hit song “Bust Your Windows” by Jazmine Sullivan. It will be added to the Healthy Relationships curriculum this year.”
  • YWCA of Minneapolis: Teaching Children about Peace and Tolerance Results in Strong, Caring Adults
    “When children feel cherished and affirmed by others, especially the adults in their lives, they feel less of a need to prove their worth by putting others down. As children learn about cultures different from their own, we can help them understand that one way is not the only way. In doing so, it helps us develop classroom communities where affirmation and acceptance are the pattern, and rejection and exclusion have no place.”
  • YWCA Clark County: What is VAWA and Why Does it Matter?
    “As VAWA awaits agreement in Congress, an average of 6,300 people are raped and/or physically assaulted daily by a current or former partner, and an average of more than 42,000 children per day  are exposed to domestic violence.”  
  • Everyday Feminism: Love After Rape: Being the Partner of a Sexual Assault Survivor
    “When his girlfriend, Marina*, told him that she had been raped in high school, Tim’s* first reaction was that he didn’t know how to respond. Shock quickly became anger at what the rapist had done to her.  He was even more furious after learning that her mom hadn’t believed she had been sexually assaulted.”
  • AAUW Dialog: My Vote Is for Domestic Violence Victims
    “My vote will help support politicians who are willing to fight for domestic violence victims. My vote will be for senators and representatives who are going to pass an inclusive Violence against Women Act. My vote will help make sure that there are state representatives who will ensure all victims are supported. After all, my mom, grandmother, cousins, aunts, and friends could depend on those services one day. Maybe some of them already have, and I don’t even know about it.”
  • Feminism2.0: Breaking the Cycle: Standing Up Against Domestic Violence
    “A vast majority of people will know the symbol associated with Breast Cancer Awareness is universally a pink ribbon but not as many will know that there is also a symbol associated with Domestic Violence Awareness. In the United States the symbol is a purple ribbon and in Canada, Ireland and other countries the ribbon is white. These ribbons are not only symbols supporting the end of domestic violence and violence against women but they are also campaigns dedicated to it.”
  • Ms Cynt: October is Domestic Violence Month
    “Domestic violence is a real thing. It doesn’t matter the  age, sex, race, culture, religion, education, employment or marital status. Many people who are being abused do not see themselves as victims. Also, abusers do not see themselves as being abusive. People often think of domestic violence as physical violence, such as hitting. However, domestic violence takes other forms, such as psychological, emotional, or sexual abuse.” 
  • Feminism2.0: Empathy can change the world!
    “I’m a man, which doesn’t preclude me from being a victim (a friend of mine has opened my eyes to domestic violence in the gay community) but does prohibit me from ever knowing firsthand what it’s like to be a woman abused. All I can do is empathize, which it turns out is quite powerful and effective, and so I’ll say something about empathy.”
  • DCVLP: YWCA's National Week Without Violence
    “Yesterday marked the beginning of the Week Without Violence, an initiative started by the YWCA roughly twenty years ago. Since then, every third week of October has had the honor of spreading awareness about violence against women, and celebrating its prevention and mobilization of activists.”
  • Voice Over Violence: Break Through the Silence: DVAM XIV: Week Without Violence & Purple Purse
    “This entire week, the YWCA is hosting its annual YWCA Week Without Violence. This year's Week Without Violence is the 20th Anniversary of the YWCA USA initiative, dedicated to erradicating all forms of violence.”

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