Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2018


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.

Attend an event:

  • Friday, October 4; Candlelight Vigil in memory of Emma Walker. Join us at the downtown YWCA (420 Clinch Ave, Knoxville) at 6:30pm for a special evening honoring domestic violence victims and Emma Walker, the Central High School student who was killed in 2016. The vigil will begin at the YWCA and conclude in Krutch Park. There will be light refreshments, music by the Central HS Choir, and artwork by YWCA Support Groups.
  • Saturday, October 5; FREE Party With a Purpose at the Phyllis Wheatley Center (124 S Cruze Street, Knoxville) from 5:30-8pm for a special evening of entertainment by Dance Tonight and Girls Rock, plus food, and activities that aim to raise awareness about domestic violence in a family friendly environment.
  • October 15-19; Pledge Purple Week at area schools and after school programs to educate young people about domestic violence and the effects it can have. Join us by wearing purple each day, spreading awareness on social media, and getting other schools and organizations involved. Contact the YWCA at 523-6126 if you are interested in “Pledging Purple”.

Percentage Nights: Check out these local businesses and restaurants throughout October, as they partner with the YWCA by raising awareness and donating a percentage of their proceeds to YWCA domestic violence programs.

  • Zoe’s Kitchen in Bearden hosted a percent night in September
  • Yassin’s Falafel House (706 Walnut Street) October 3 from 4:30-9:00 p.m.
  • Bluetique (31 Market Square) on October 11 from 6-9:00 p.m.
  • Hard Knox Pizza (4437 Kingston Pike and 10849 Hardin Valley Road) on October 15 from 5-8:30 p.m.

Help us raise awareness on social media by using #ThatsJustWrong 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. Contact the YWCA at 523-6126 to get a bow.

For more information or to get involved, please visit

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.
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