Domestic Violence Action Month

YWCA events

The Board of Commissioners proclaimed OCTOBER as Domestic Violence Awareness Month throughout Walla Walla County. View the proclamation.

Adele, fatally stabbed by her fiance, Timothy

DV MEMORIAL WALK (self-guided): Take Steps Against Domestic Violence

When: Week Without Violence: Oct. 18–25

  • Locations all over Walla Walla
  • Self-guided walk
  • Post your photos, tributes, comments on social media with #dvam2020 and #ywcaww

YWCA board member Wendy


When: Any day in October

UN WOMEN has established Nov. 25 as International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and announced a goal to stop violence against women by 2030. In support, pick a day to wear SO MUCH ORANGE (a color symbolizing the bright future of a world without violence against women and girls) that everyone asks, WHY?? Then post your selfie with #orangewallawalla and your thoughts on ending violence.

Nicole Bedera, PhD candidate, researcher, author

A VIRTUAL SUMMIT: Sexual Violence on Campus

When: Sunday, Oct. 25
10:30am – Welcome, Community Panel
10:45-Noon – Keynote address, The Hard Part Isn’t Over: Ensuring Title IX Reporting and Resources Don’t Harm Survivors by Nicole Bedera, researcher/author
Noon-12:30 (optional) Yoga OR Zumba break
12:30-1pm – lunch
1-1:30pm – Breakout #1: Discussion of Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town (chapters 6-8) OR Sexual Violence 101 1:30-2pm – Breakout #2: Healing from Trauma OR Consent
2-2:30pm – Final Q&A, Community Panel

Imagine a World Without Violence


When: Any day in October

  1. Download and print the sign below.
  2. Using words, art, or photos, share your vision for a world without violence.
  3. Put on some PURPLE.
  4. Holding the sign, post your picture with #dvam, #dvamchallenge, #wwv2020, #ywcaww, etc.

Emily, mom of two, lost to domestic violence

ASKING FOR A FRIEND: How to Help When Someone You Love Is Being Abused

When: Thursday, Oct 22, 6pm
How can you help when a friend may be in a dangerous relationship? Learn ideas from YWCA Advocates and hear Emily’s story.

Educate, engage, empower


When: Write, call, or email TODAY

Tell your Senators to cosponsor and pass VAWA, the Violence Against Women Act (S. 2843)! Also, please tell your Member of Congress to cosponsor FVPSA, the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (S.2259/H.R. 5041)!

Animal coloring pages for all ages


When: Any day in October

Request your choice, from dogs to frogs, emus to elephants, then watch your email!

  • Color a page for fun, OR
  • Post a selfie with your colored page on social media; include #dvam and #ywcaww, AND/OR
  • Drop it in the box in front of the YWCA main doors, available between 10am and 4pm. We’ll hang it in the shelter or in our windows.