YWCA York Recognizes October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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YWCA York Recognizes October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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York, PA – (October 4, 2022) Every year in October, advocates, survivors, and supporters recognize October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). Throughout the month of October, YWCA York has several awareness and educational activities planned to take action, prevent domestic violence, and support survivors.

To kick off the month, YWCA York will be hosting a Kick-Off and Vigil on Monday, October 10, 2022, at Heidelberg United Church of Christ, 47 W. Philadelphia St., York, PA 17401, from 10 am to 11 am. Participants are invited to bring purple mums to honor, remember, and celebrate victims and survivors of domestic violence.

Other activities for the month include:

  • An online Tech Safety Training available throughout the month of October
  • Week of Action on our social media pages on October 17-23
  • DVAM Day of Giving on October 19
  • Purple Thursday on October 20

There will also be two official GiveForDV Giving Days—one during the DVAM Week of Action on October 19, and one on Giving Tuesday on November 29. Supporters can get involved by finding their state coalition and local program at https://givefordv.nnedv.org/.

“Since COVID-19 there have been some concerning emerging trends impacting victims/survivors in our community. For example, rent prices continue to soar along with application fees, and security fees creating further hardship for a population already struggling to achieve independence. This results in longer emergency shelter stays, which then creates different challenges with capacity. You can help YWCA York continue to provide services to help victims/survivors gain their independence by giving on October 19,” said YWCA York CEO, C. Kim Bracey.

Free and confidential help is available 24/7 for individuals experiencing domestic violence. Those seeking help may contact ACCESS York’s 24/7 free and confidential hotline at 717-846-5400.

YWCA York is a nonprofit organization with the mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. Chartered in 1891, YWCA York has a long and rich history of creating opportunities for women’s growth, leadership and power through a common vision: peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.  Over 28,000 people are serve each year through the programs and services offered throughout York County. Worldwide, the YWCA impacts more than 25 million people in over 120 countries. For information about the YWCA York, visit our website, www.ywcayork.org.