Domestic Violence Action Month (DVAM)

October 2022 DVAM events

Centering Survivors is about focusing 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.

Community read-along

Join us to learn more about domestic violence at at one of three soup and bread suppers during DVAM. There is no charge, but please register to let us know how many to plan for.

Tuesday evening, Oct. 18, Columbia County YWCA Advocate Miki Fulbright will host a discussion of Wanna Go, Wanna Stay: My Journey in a Season of Abuse in the Delany Room at Dayton Memorial Library, 6 p.m. The following Monday, Oct. 24, a discussion will take place at YWCA Walla Walla in the Reception Room, also at 6 p.m, led by Malia Lewis.

A meeting to discuss No Visible Bruises, led by YWCA LiNC Director, Andraya Anderson, will take place Wednesday, October 26, at 6 pm, also at YWCA Walla Walla. This is an opportunity to meet one of the newest YWCA staff members and learn more about Living in New Circumstances, LiNC, the life skills and confidence building program for domestic violence survivors.

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

On Wednesday, Oct. 19, we’ll remember lives lost in 2021 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. 19.

Resilience resources↗

Our local Community Resilience Initiative has pulled together a remarkable collection of resources, videos, websites, books, that can help survivors (and all of us) better cope with life’s challenges.

World without violence ↗

Download and print a fillable sign and visualize a world without violence. Then share your vision: Take a selfie with your sign and tag it #WWV22.

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.