October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Please join us and YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley in saying “That’s Just Wrong” AND “We Believe You” to victims of domestic violence.
Help us raise awareness on social media by using #ThatsJustWrongKnox when sharing anything related to Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and by changing your Facebook and Twitter cover photos to match those of the YWCA Knoxville for the month of October; @YWCAKnoxville
Display a Purple Ribbon at your home or business, and wear a purple lapel ribbon throughout the month of October. You will see purple ribbons around downtown Knoxville and Jackson Square in Oak Ridge throughout the month to help raise awareness.
Attend an event
First Friday on Friday, October 6th. Join us at the YWCA, 420 Clinch Avenue in Knoxville, for First Friday from 5:30-8pm. Learn about YWCA programs while enjoying music, art, entertainment, a kids activity and light refreshments. We will end the evening with a Candlelit Walk to honor survivors, victims and families impacted by domestic violence.
“What Now?” Event on Thursday, October 19th. Join us at South College’s Parkside Auditorium, 400 Goody’s Lane in Knoxville, from 6-8pm for a conversations on how to safely intervene and talk about domestic violence.
Pledge Purple Week
The YWCA is teaming up with area schools and after school programs October 16-20 to educate young people about domestic violence and the effects it can have.
For more information or to get involved, please click here.
WHY is this important? According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence:
- Nationally, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
- In Tennessee, 40% of women and 32.5% of men experience physical violence, rape, and/ or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetimes.
- 74,023 domestic violence crimes were reported to TN law enforcement in 2014.