YWCA of Central Virginia Recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October

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YWCA of Central Virginia Recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October


YWCA of Central Virginia Recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October

Central Virginia-based nonprofit brings awareness about family and intimate partner violence during the month of October to its local community.

[Lynchburg, Virginia, October 1, 2021] – YWCA Central Virginia will honor Domestic Violence Awareness Month with a series of candlelight vigils, public community displays, and virtual educational events to be held during the month of October 2021, including a special city council proclamation by Mayor MaryJane Dolan.

YWCA will begin Domestic Violence Awareness Month with a powerful display of life-size silhouettes of victim stories at the Lynchburg Community Market on Saturday, October 2nd. YWCA will also host two virtual trainings on October 6th focusing on Trauma and the Unintended Consequences of COVID-19, at 12PM and October 21st at 12PM focusing on Virginia’s new gun laws and how they affect domestic violence protective orders with Commonwealth Attorney, Bethany Harrison. These events will be led the highly knowledgeable staff and community partners of YWCA’s Domestic Violence Prevention Program (DVPP). The lunch and learns are free for the community, but registration is requested to receive the secure Zoom link.  Registration is available on our website: www.ywcacva.org/get-involved/dvam

YWCA’s across the nation will hold events in observance of a “Week Without Violence” from October 18 – 24 focused on ending gender-based violence. Week Without Violence is part of a global movement with YWCAs in the United States and around the world to end violence against women and girls. Information on the national week can be found at: https://ywcaweekwithoutviolence.org/.

Candlelight Vigils include:

  • October 12 – Nelson County Vigil held in partnership with Nelson County Victim Witness, Rockfish Baptist Association, and Nelson County Commonwealth Attorney’s and Sheriff’s Office at the Nelson Co. Heritage Center (1653 Thomas Nelson HWY, Arrington, VA) – 6PM
  • October 14 – University of Lynchburg Vigil held in partnership with UL and Alpha Chi at the Univeristy of Lynchburg Campus (1501 Lakeside Drive, Lynchburg, VA) – 6:30PM
  • October 21 – Campbell County Vigil held in partnership with Campbell County Victim Witness, Friends of Frannie’s House, and Campbell County Commonwealth Attorney’s and Sheriff’s Office at the Campbell Co. Court House (732 Village Hwy, Rustburg, VA) – 6PM
  • October 27 – Amherst County Vigil held in partnership with Amherst County Victim Witness, Amherst Co. Sheriff and Police Offices, and Mt. Olive Baptist Church at the Amherst County Courthouse (113 Taylor Street, Amherst, VA) – 6PM
  • October 28 – Appomattox Vigil held in partnership with Appomattox Victim Witness and Appomattox Commonwealth Attorney’s and Sheriff’s Office at the Appomattox Memorial Park (217 Atwood Street, Appomattox, VA) – 6PM

Several Lynchburg and surrounding area businesses, organizations, and communities of faith will have displays in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in partnership with YWCA Central Virginia. To see a full list, visit our website: www.ywcacva.org/get-involved/dvam. We sincerely appreciate their dedication to making sure every home and relationship is a safe one. More events may be added throughout the month and updated information will be on the website and social media. YWCA invites media and public to engage with any of the events surrounding our observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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If you need help leaving a domestic violence situation please call us 24/7 at 1-888-528-1041.  If you need help with a sexual assault/violence situation please call us 24/7 at 1-888-947-7273.