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Pink & Purple: Creating a New Movement and Conversation

October 17, 2013

For me and so many others this is not just about a race for the cure for both issues. This is about the conversation of breast cancer and domestic violence awareness in the month of October becoming a full conversation that impacts, encourages and educates while eradicating the SILENCE that leaves women vulnerable to both domestic violence and diseases like breast cancer.

Week Without Violence Events Help Raise Awareness of DV

October 16, 2013

For over 20 years, the YWCA has dedicated the third week of October to being a Week Without Violence. This year, Week Without Violence is October 14 – 20. A part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the mission of Week Without Violence is to mobilize people in communities across the United States to take action against all forms of violence, wherever it occurs.

Domestic Violence Awareness, An Opportunity to Save Lives

October 15, 2013

Johnny LeeJohnny Lee is the Founder of Peace@Work, an agency dedicated to the prevention of violence, in and through the workplace.  Previously, he was the Workplace Violence Specialist for the State of North Carolina and the Victim Services Coordinator for the Asheville Police Department.  He also provides the ePanicButton, the Threat Assessment Tool and the Rampage Report.

What will it take to end violence against women and girls?

October 10, 2013

Allison DearingAllison Dearing is Campus Coordinator with the Crisis Center’s Rape Response Program. She works with colleges and universities seeking to utilize best practices when responding to cases of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking on campus. Allison graduated from Samford University and Cumberland School of Law. She is the mother of two spirited, elementary-age sons.

“Children in Crisis” Program Presents Domestic Violence from a Child’s Perspective

October 9, 2013

For some of us, domestic violence is an issue that we learn about from other people’s stories, experiences and statistics. For many others, it is a traumatizing part of life that is hard to forget, that is hard to express to friends and family. Even more for children of young ages who might have a hard time finding the right words to express themselves, it can leave them anxious, upset or even silent.

Domestic Violence Services Spotlight: DeShunn Wilkerson

October 8, 2013

In continuing our recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we are highlighting domestic violence services the YWCA Central Alabama provides, along with video spotlights from our Domestic Violence Services staff members who assist in making these vital services available to our community. These video spotlights will feature YWCA Central Alabama staff members highlighting their experiences as domestic violence service providers.

Diversity and the Definition of America

October 4, 2013

Anamaria SantiagoAnamaria Santiago currently teaches literature and composition courses at UAB. She has been on staff at Anytown Alabama for numerous years and was honored to serve as an Anytown Alabama co-director this year.

Spread DV Awareness, Pass the Purple Purse

October 3, 2013

Domestic violence affects 1 in 4 women in their lifetime — that's more women than breast cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer combined. Still, more than one-third of us have never discussed the issue. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and at the YWCA we have a range of services to help victims of domestic violence. We want to be a part of the national conversation that is happening around domestic violence, so this month we will be featuring the topic of domestic violence on our blog.

It’s Time to Pass the Purple Purse

October 2, 2013

As October moves us into the autumn weather, it also marks the beginning of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Being the largest domestic violence service provider in our service area, this month is very important to the YWCA, as we are committed to breaking the cycle of family violence. October also marks the beginning of the annual Allstate Foundation Purple Purse fundraiser.