For more than 20 years, YWCA has set aside one week in October as a Week Without Violence—a week when YWCAs join as part of a global movement with World YWCA to end violence against women and girls.

Join us during our annual Week Without Violence, October 16-20, as we do the work to raise awareness and advocate for the accessible, effective, and consistent resources that survivors of sexual and domestic violence need to build the flourishing futures they deserve.



  • Ask if your employer(s) have a domestic violence policy; if not, encourage them to create one
  • Organize a moment of silence in honor of victims/survivors
  • Share a domestic violence facts on social media
  • Commit to adopt a local shelter for the holidays and send the families and individuals staying there clothing, toys, and gift cards
  • Light the town purple! Replace the lightbulbs outside your home (or inside near a window) with purple lightbulbs; wear purple and encourage your family to do the same
  • Collect your used cell phones and donate them to your local domestic violence shelter


Monday, October 16th

Imagine a World Without Violence

When we envision a world without violence, we begin to build a path to creating that world. Help us raise awareness about gender-based violence, support survivors, and envision a world without violence! Take a Week Without Violence campaign selfie (or group photo) using one of our customizable signs, tag us on social and use #WWV23, and then tag 5 friends and challenge them to do the same!

Tuesday, October 17th

Get Involved

Check out our partners who work every day to support and empower women who have survived sexual and domestic violence. You can find our partners’ logos and information towards the bottom of this page. Actively learn what resources are available in the Phoenix Valley and if you’re so inclined, make a donation to support these services or choose to volunteer your time if you find an opportunity that works for you!

Wednesday, October 18th

Intersection of Gun Violence & Domestic Violence

Wednesday, October 18th | 9:00AM AZ Time

Everytown is hosting a Domestic Violence Awareness Month virtual event entitled “From Awareness to Action: Addressing Guns, Intimate Partner Homicide and Generational Trauma.” To uncover the deadly connection that exists in the intersections of guns, intimate partner homicide, and generational trauma and explore how it affects families and communities across the country.

The diverse panel of voices, including survivors, experts, and advocates, will illuminate the realities and lasting impacts of intimate partner homicide fueled by firearms.

– Jennifer Sharp (Survivor Fellow)

– Chloe Gayer (Gun violence survivor, SDA)

– Dr. Tannuja Rosario (Research, Everytown)

– Dr. Patricia Ann Davenport (Our House, Evertyown Grantee)

Thursday, October 19th

Wear Purple Day

The color purple is used throughout the month to signify domestic violence awareness and survivor support. Each year, Arizona State University holds Wear Purple Day to raise awareness for domestic violence. Join them this year as faculty, staff and students wear purple to band together against domestic violence and stand in solidarity with survivors.

Friday, October 20th

International Town Hall

How are YWCAs in North America and around the world responding to gender-based violence and tech-facilitated gender-based violence in communities, and how can we all work together to promote safety in all spaces where violence occurs? On October 20th at 3 p.m. ET (12pm AZ time), join YWCA Canada, YWCA USA, and our panel of experts and advocates for a robust conversation that will explore these questions, uplift the work YWCAs do every day in their communities, and more.

Self Defense & Empowerment Workshop

Friday, October 20th |6-8:00PM

KBX PHX Fitness Kickboxing1819 North Scottsdale Road Tempe, AZ 85281

Self defense and empowerment workshop in community partnership with Paint Phoenix Purple to raise awareness for domestic violence.

 Learn realistic self defense techniques, along with strategies for developing crucial life skills.


Our Partners

Cece’s Hope Center

Founded in 2017, Cece’s Hope Center is dedicated to the memory of a young woman who survived a traumatic childhood, successfully transitioned into adulthood, and found her happiness. Cece’s Hope Center exists to support young women like Cece who have endured or are at-risk of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Through three (3) different programs, Information and Referral, Case Management, and Transitional Housing, Cece’s Hope Center serves many young women during their journey from trauma to healing.

Maggie’s Place

Maggie’s Place is 501(c)3 organization committed to serving mothers – upholding dignity, providing support for those experiencing barriers to thriving. Maggie’s Place offers a caring support system and source of hope to women experiencing homelessness during the critical time of pregnancy and baby’s first year. Maggie’s Place provides a nurturing and stable home, nutritious food, infant supplies, access to medical care, and programs that are trauma informed, focused on building resiliency and strengthening families.

A New LEaf

Since 1971, A New Leaf has provided assistance to those most in need in our community, helping families, children, and adults overcome the challenges they face.  A New Leaf offers 7 distinct pillars of service: Domestic violence, Housing and Shelter, family support, Health & Wellness, Foster Care, Education, and financial empowerment.  Communities are made stronger when families are safe, have a secure home, are able to provide for themselves and their children, and are ultimately given a chance to make a brighter future for themselves.  By offering these seven pillars of service, A New Leaf is helping households move from crisis to stability, making our community a better place to live.

Hope’s Crossing

Hope’s Crossing is a one-stop
resource for women in transition, back to a healthy and sustainable life. They offer transformational programs, restorative services and valuable community resources to restore hope in countless lives. Hope’s Crossing is committed to helping women overcome barriers that have prevented personal goals or successes through programs and services like fundamentals of freedom, anger management, grief & coping, family reunification, employment services, jobs and skills training, free clothing, and more.

AZ Coalition to end sexual and domestic violence

The Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence was formed in 1980 so that concerned citizens and professionals could unite in a statewide organization to end domestic violence. The coalition amplifies awareness of sexual and domestic violence to reduce stigma, prevent violence, and champion healing and justice and supports organizations in building and sustaining trauma-informed responses and comprehensive services.

There are many ways to get involved with YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix