Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Every year, Flowers on the River is the kick-off of Domestic Violence Awareness Month at YWCA Northeast Indiana! Flowers on the River honors those whose lives have been affected by domestic violence. This event begins with a short ceremony, followed by a walk to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Bridge where flowers are thrown off of the bridge and into the St. Mary’s River in honor of each person we have served this past year. Since the program began, over 5,000 flowers have been placed on the river, symbolizing the new journeys our clients and their children embark upon. Our 2017 Flowers on the River event will start at the Lawton Park Pavilion, next to the Kids Crossing playground, Monday, Oct 2 at 5:30 p.m.




Peace Story Time

In order to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month in a way that is age-appropriate for the children in our community, libraries and schools throughout YWCA Northeast Indiana's six-county service area gathered for Peace Story Time, to read a story about and educate children on peace and non-violence. For more information on peace story time click here.





Chalk it Up to Awareness

Chalk it Up is a community-wide campaign where community partners create awareness about domestic violence using sidewalk chalk, drawing images, facts, and statistics about domestic violence. For more information on Chalk it Up to Awareness click here. See highlights from a couple of the 2016 Chalk it up’s below!



Hope Awards

Every year during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, YWCA Northeast Indiana recognizes those who exhibit excellence in advocacy that reflects our mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. A winner is selected in each of five categories (Racial Justice, Domestic Violence Prevention and Intervention, Women's Economic Empowerment, Child Advocacy, and the Junior Hope Award). See below to learn about the winners of the 2016 Hope Awards!


Child Advocacy Hope Award: Stephanie Rhoades of Garrett High School

Stephanie was nominated by Jennifer Ponko who tells us that Stephanie always puts students’ needs before her own, even if that means giving up a prep period, or staying after school. She promotes safety by creating an environment of caring and support for not only her students but also all those who encounter her at Garrett High School.



Junior Hope Award: Kallie Knott of Garrett High School

Kallie was nominated by Jennifer Ponko. “Kallie has shown leadership and maturity beyond her years through her service to the community and her school.” Said Ponko, I have felt honored to have a student such as Kallie lead NHS at Garrett High School, as she is the perfect example of the pillar that we set for students. She is a leader, serves her community, is truthful and hardworking.”



Women’s Economic Empowerment Hope Award: Lydia M. Runge-Quinn

Lydia was nominated by Valerie Magana. Lydia works for Ethan Allen Furniture, and has been an active volunteer with YWCA for many years. She is very generous with her time, talents and treasure to many organizations in town that assist in empowering women. It is her expertise with fashion and how to present one's self that empowers these women and assists them on their journey to self-sufficiency and success.


Domestic Violence Prevention and Intervention: Jessica Crozier

Jessica was nominated by Arika App. Jessica Crozier works as the Director of Victim’s Assistance where she works closely with Victim Advocates and survivors. Jessica also serves on the Mayor’s Commission on Domestic Violence, Rape, and Sexual Harassment to help raise awareness to the community about issues related to domestic violence. Jessica has a true passion for domestic violence awareness, and she makes a real effort to collaborate with service providers on awareness initiatives to help get the word out about healthy and unhealthy relationships.



Racial Justice: Jordan Crouch

Jordan was nominated by Arika App. Jordan is the Outreach and Prevention Manager with Amani Family Services where she supervises the Network for Safe Families Program, coordinates outreach opportunities, and provides direct service to immigrants and refugee families who experience brokenness due to violence, crime, mental health, addictions, abuse, and neglect. Jordan is a true advocate for human rights and works hard to show individuals and families from all across the world how valuable they are in deserving dignity and respect.




For more information about Domestic Violence Awareness Month please contact Jennifer Rohlf at, or 260-424-4908 ext. 235.