October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

YWCA NorthEastern NY holds a number of programs during the month of October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Here are just a few of the events that are happening (please click on the orange event title for additional details):

  • Purple Purse Campaign: Financial literacy, education and tools are a core need for victims of domestic violence to leave their abuser and remain free from dependence on them. By donating to the Purple Purse Campaign any time between October 2 to October 31, you will help women get the financial services they need to feel confident that they too can live a financially sustainable life independent from their abuser.
  • Dining to Donate: Join YWCA NorthEastern NY at the Recovery Sports Grill located at 1925 Curry Road in Rotterdam, NY for dinner on Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 5-9PM and a portion of the proceeds from your dinner will benefit YWCA NENY!
  • Week Without Violence: 2018 Week Without Violence is October 15-19. Week Without Violence is part of a global movement to end violence against women and girls with the World YWCA. This year, we are focusing on ending gender-based violence. Gender-based violence recognizes a spectrum of violence, including but not limited to, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, trafficking, and harassment. At YWCA, we know that not all violence is acknowledged or responded to equally and that some victims go unrecognized altogether.
  • Elder Abuse: On October 15th from 1:00-3:00PM, YWCA NENY will be hosting Tracey Siebert-Konopko of the Elder Justice Advocate Program at Lifespan of Greater Rochester to offer this FREE training to community members and service providers about what makes abuse against the elderly unique and how to follow best practices and meet the needs of victims over the age of 60 and connect them to resources with dignity and respect in their healing process. (*Lifespan of Greater Rochester SW CPE is recognized by NYS Education Department’s State Board for social work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers.)
  • Religion and Domestic Violence: A Panel Discussion: A panel of clergy representing Christianity, Muslim, Sikh, Druid, and Jewish faiths will highlight the different ways culture and religion view gender and gender based violence. We will also look at how traditional teachings can present barriers to leaving an abusive relationship for victims and how the clergy members are working to address this within their own communities. This event, which will be on October 16th from 11:30AM-12:30PM, is FREE and open to the public.
  • Take Back the Night March: This annual event will take place on Thursday, October 18, which is also NYS Wear Purple Day. It will start and end at the front steps of YWCA NorthEastern NY, 44 Washington Ave, Schenectady. Join us at 6:00PM for a brief program before we take to the streets and demand an end to domestic violence! This is a family friendly event with a police escort through the Stockade. We hope you will be able to march with us. Don’t forget to wear purple & bring a flashlight!
  • The Vagina Monologues: Join YWCA NorthEastern NY on Monday, October 22, 2018 for a fun night out as community leaders come together to present a performance of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues in the GE Theatre at Proctors to benefit YWCA NENY’s Domestic Violence Programs.
  • In Her Shoes: Community members are invited to this FREE workshop on October 25th from 1:00-3:00PM. It is designed to put yourself in the shoes of a domestic violence victim and face the challenges they experience with each decision that has to be made. The exercise will be followed by a group discussion led by YWCA NENY staff who work with victims every day.
  • In Their Shoes: For this FREE event on October 25th from 6:00-8:00 PM, parents/adults are invited to come with or without their teens or a teen that they care about to learn how fast teens can find themselves in a abusive relationship.

Please check back later for additional details and events.