YWCA NorthEastern NY is the area’s leader in domestic violence services and operator of the only domestic violence shelter in Schenectady County. We offer a 24 hour hotline, safe shelter, counseling, advocacy, groups, case management, children’s services and post-shelter services to those who experience domestic violence. During the month of October we offer additional events to raise awareness and support.


September 28th – DVAM Trivia Night Kickoff
Frog Alley Brewing, 108 State St. Schenectady | Doors 5:30PM, Trivia 6:30 – 8:30PM
Reserve your spot today for our Trivia Night to kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month! All proceeds benefit YWCA NENY’s domestic violence support services so assemble your team and test your trivia knowledge with host Tim Sokol. Pre-registration pricing is available until September 27th, registration at the door will be $15*.
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October 5th – Empowerment Resource Fair
YWCA NorthEastern NY, 44 Washington Ave. Schenectady | 11AM – 1PM
20 community partners will be invited to share information on job opportunities, benefits, and more. This event is free and open to the public!

October 12th – Power in Purpose – Empowerment Breakfast with Dr. Shai Butler
The Edison Club, 891 Riverview Rd. Rexford | 9AM – 11AM
Join us for an empowerment presentation with a keynote given by Dr. Shai Butler. The event will include breakfast, networking, a presentation by Dr. Shai Butler, and domestic violence education. Dr. Shai tells her bold, transformative story and provides a roadmap for women on how to find their “Inpower” (the power within) to get free of self-blame, trauma, and shame. Closing remarks will be from Financial Wellness Coach, Nishaea Richardson!

Dr. Shai L. Butler is the author and podcast host of Better. Not Perfect-From Hot Mess to Life Success: A Woman’s Guide to Learning, Loving & Being Herself, Unapologetically. Born in a Brooklyn, NY Housing project she came of age during the dawn of the hip hop era and the emergence of the crack epidemic. Pregnant at 13, baby at 14, a college student at 16, dismissed from college at 18, and college graduate at 23, Dr. Shai knows the ups and downs of life from her formative young adult experiences. Now, this seasoned executive with a doctorate in law and policy, who is a successful writer, blogger, speaker, career/life strategist, non-profit board member, wife, and mom of three is here to share with women how to fail without being a failure. By telling her bold, transformative story, including her addiction to alcohol and hydrocodone at the height of her career she provides a roadmap for women on how to find their “Inpower” (the power within) to get free of self-blame, trauma, and shame

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October 19th – Take Back the Night March
YWCA NorthEastern NY, 44 Washington Ave. Scehenctady | 5:30PM – 7PM
Grab a flashlight and a friend, make a sign, and join us for our annual march where we come together to center and uplift the fearless movers, innovative shakers, passionate trailblazers, and brave survivors in our community who are working tirelessly to organize voices, disrupt systems, and eliminate barriers around the issue of domestic violence to ensure our community is a safe and supportive space for survivors.

October 19th – Party with a Purpose
Frog Alley Brewing, 108 State St. | 7:30PM – 10PM
Join us at Frog Alley immediately following the Take Back the Night March where they will be donating $1 from each pint sold between 7:30 and 10pm back to YWCA NorthEastern NY! Can’t make it to Party with a Purpose? Check out local specials for Dine for DVAM below!

Dine for DVAM

This DVAM, local restaurants, cafes, bars, and coffee shops partnered with YWCA NENY to make a meaningful impact in our community. By supporting the businesses below, you will also be supporting our domestic violence support services!

Help us raise awareness:
Share posts directly from YWCA NENY’s social media pages throughout the month of October and make sure you use the hashtags #ywcaneny, #WWV23, and #DVAM2023.

Support the cause:
Become a community supporter or sponsor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Make a donation or contact Lauren Trunko, Chief Development Officer, at 518.374.3394 x105 to find out more about how YOU can make a difference!


Thank you to our sponsors!

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