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For nearly 30 years, YWCA has set aside one week in October as a Week Without Violence—a week when YWCAs join as part of a global movement with World YWCA to end gender-based violence. Stay tuned for more information on this year’s Week Without Violence in October.

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.

Women and girls of all ages, income levels, racial and ethnic communities, sexual orientations, and gender identities continue to experience gender-based violence and that often goes unrecognized or is not responded to equally. These experiences are only further compounded by racism and systemic injustices in communities across the country. Week Without Violence 2023 maintains YWCA’s steadfast commitment to ending gender-based violence and allows us to address, educate, and take action through collective grassroots advocacy.

As we move closer to the 2024 elections, the Family Violence Prevention Services Act (S.2693/H.R. 2604) is part of a multi-pronged solution in a larger effort towards protecting the safety of women and girls of color and continuing vital support and services for survivors of gender-based violence. Grassroots action will raise awareness and help advocate for co-sponsorship of this critical bill.

You can also learn more about additional ways to take action now through our Action Center.

Tell Your Members: Cosponsor FVPSA Today!

The Family Violence Prevention Services Act (FVPSA) provides critical funding on which survivors rely for domestic violence services such as housing, emergency shelter, transportation, child care, and medical and legal counseling. The Family Violence Prevention and Services Improvement Act of 2023 (S.2693/H.R.2604) makes additional investments for prevention and for marginalized survivors, as well as defines the impact of technology-facilitated abuse in domestic, dating, and family violence, ensuring that victims and survivors of tech-facilitated gender-based violence can also access crucial FVPSA-funded services. It is time that Congress takes action to reauthorize FVPSA, including increasing funding for current programs and making critical new investments.

Get Out the Vote (GOTV)

#YWomenVote is YWCA’s annual Get Out the Vote (GOTV) effort to mobilize women, people of color, and our communities to register to vote and participate in elections.

Between federal, state, and local elections, there are thousands of seats up for grabs across the country in this off-year elections on Tuesday, November 7, 2023.  These elections will set the tone of the nation for years to come. Help ensure that survivor voices and concerns are at the forefront this election season. Engage with your state and local elected officials on this important issue. Host a candidate forum focused on gender-based violence, a voter registration drive, or other GOTV efforts. Ask questions about the policies and solutions candidates would pursue to prevent gender-based violence and to support survivors.

This is your voice. Your vote. Your future. Join YWCA’s collective voter engagement effort and help us get out the vote!

Take a Week Without Violence campaign selfie (or group photo) using one of our customizable signs, tag us on social and use #WWV23, and then tag 5 friends and challenge them to do the same!

Customizable selfie signs: WWV Fillable Sign 2       WWV Fillable Sign 3

Capitol Hill Call-In Day

This Capitol Hill Call-In Day, we invite you to engage your Members of Congress by taking action online; calling your legislators; and engaging with these discussions on social media, using #WWV23 and tweeting at your Member of Congress.

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Find out more on Racism as a Public Health Crisis:
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/117/sres172 https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/117/hres344

Learn More: Act Now! – YWCA Week Without Violence