Domestic Violence Action Month (DVAM)

October 2023 DVAM events

Illustration of a purple ribbon, the color of domestic violence awareness.

All month, we’ll focus on the physical, emotional, and mental health needs of survivors, making sure they are supported in their efforts to find safety, healing, and pathways forward, free from further violence.

Girl standing by clothesline of multi-colored t-shirts examines a red one with slightly visible writing on it.

The Clothesline Project

Register on our website for your t-shirt , then join us to create your statement against domestic violence, assault, and abuse! (The registration form will walk you through the color choices and how-to instructions.) T-shirts must be back at the YWCA by Oct. 11 to be included in the displays.

Register for LiNC ↗

Woman carrying LiNC tote bag by the YWCA sign

LiNC classes are all about going beyond basic survival and learning to thrive. If you or a friend has experienced violence from a family member or intimate partner, LiNC might be a good place for you. Register online or email

The color of DV ↗

Purple is the color of domestic violence awareness. When you wear a lot of it, people tend to notice or even comment on your beautiful purple outfit, a great opportunity to share your belief that no one should have to endure violence in their home.

Walk of remembrance

Passerby stops to add flowers to a domestic violence memorial, a brief narrative with two shoes on top to represent a life lost.
On Wednesday, Oct. 18, we’ll remember lives lost in 2022 in Washington State.

Each year we remember the women, men, and children whose lives were lost to domestic violence in the previous year during the YWCA Week Without Violence. Join us to view these moving displays downtown on Wednesday, Oct. 18.

Take a coloring break ↗

Download a coloring page from the National Network to end Domestic Violence (like Dogs Against Domestic Violence or Sloths for Safety) and enjoy the mental health benefits of coloring, which can be a lot like meditation. Post your masterpiece on Instagram to share a positive message with your followers.