October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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 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.


A Birthday Party Screening & Panel Discussion: October 6, 2022 |  5:30pm
Join YWCA at Union College’s Reamer Campus Center Auditorium on Thursday, October 6th at 5:30pm for a screening of A Birthday Party followed by a live interview with director Victoria Thomas and a panel discussion with community members. Learn more about the event here.

Take Back the Night March: October 20, 2022  | 5:30pm
We believe that united action is powerful as we move from reckoning to resolution. Honor Domestic Violence Awareness Month and YWCA Week Without Violence and join us Thursday, October 20th at 5:30pm at 44 Washington Ave. Schenectady as we center and uplift the fearless movers, innovative shakers, passionate trailblazers, and the bold inspirations 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. Learn more about the event here.

Wear Purple Day: October 20, 2022
Wear purple for domestic violence awareness! Gather your friends, family, and coworkers together to get a picture of all your purple and tag YWCA on Instagram at @ywca_neny or on Facebook at YWCA NorthEastern NY. Use the hashtags #DVAM and #EndDomesticViolence to show your support worldwide! 

Party with a Purpose: October 21, 2022  | 5pm – 8pm | Frog Alley Brewing

YWCA NENY and 518 Brews are teaming up for a special happy hour with Josh and Kevin (of local favorite band 2096) at Frog Alley to raise money for YWCA NENY’s domestic violence programs.  This will wrap up YWCA’s National 2022 Week Without Violence where we are all challenged to imagine a world with no violence.  Stop by to share some pints with a purpose with your Schenectady YWCA and their friends from 518 Brews and enjoy the musical wonders and two of our biggest allies, Josh and Kevin!  All proceeds raised will directly benefit survivors of domestic violence who look to YWCA NENY for support.

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, #WWV22, and #DVAM2022.

Support the cause:
Become a community supporter or sponsor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Make a donation or contact Charlene Holmes, Development Assistant, at 518.374.3394 x123 to find out more about how YOU can make a difference!

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Sponsors