October 18, 2018
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) and across the country, survivors, victim advocates, government officials, faith-based groups, health care providers, business leaders, police officers, and concerned citizens will take steps towards eliminating domestic partner violence.
Domestic Violence Awareness Walk
Join the YWCA Central Alabama on October 18, 2018 beginning at 6:00 p.m. as we shine a light in honor of domestic violence victims. This year we will walk from the YWCA, 309 23rd Street North to Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, 1530 6th Avenue North to show solidarity against domestic violence and intimate partner violence. This distance totals seven blocks, which represents the minimum amount of times it may take a victim to leave their abuser. This event will include a candlelight vigil, stories from clergy, survivors, government officials, and law enforcement. With the assistance of The Magic City Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, this event will also honor recent and previous years’ “Silent Witnesses “of domestic violence. Domestic violence resources and prevention materials will be available. Walk with us to encourage others to break their silence and let us partner together to end this vicious cycle. Every step raises awareness! This event is family-friendly, open to all ages, pet and stroller friendly.
Timeline and Map
REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED. This event will be a peaceful, sidewalk walk—NO PARTICIPANTS ARE PERMITTED TO WALK IN THE STREET. Participants may arrive at the YWCA building as early as 5:30 p.m. There will be an opening prayer at 5:50 p.m. prior to the start of the walk. The walk will begin at 6:00 p.m. from 23rd St and travel down 6th Ave. North for seven blocks until we reach the steps of 16th Street Baptist Church where the Domestic Violence Vigil will take place. If you would like to attend the Domestic Violence Vigil only, you may arrive at 16th Street Baptist Church at 6:45 p.m. Parking options will be available at the YWCA, the 16th Street Baptist Church parking lot and the TQL parking lot across from the YWCA building. There will also be YWCA shuttle vans at 16th Street Baptist church following the vigil to transport participants back to their vehicles.
YWCA Domestic Violence Services
The YWCA provides emergency shelter both here and in St. Clair County for victims of domestic violence, manage a 24/7 crisis hotline, 205.322.HURT (4878), provided court advocacy and group counseling for those in need. We are also the only provider for supervised visitation in Jefferson County, which is often necessary in DV cases.