Each year, YWCA USA, and YWCA local associations around the country, along with friends, partners, organizations, businesses, schools and supporters come together in the third week of October for a Week Without Violence, where we raise awareness about the devastating effects of domestic violence. As the largest network of domestic violence service providers in the United States, we support victims of domestic violence in communities around the country and work, year-round, on legislative actions and issue education that can bring an end to all forms of violence against women.
On October, 17, 2017, YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts visited Global Learning Charter Public School in New Bedford Massachusetts. An information table was set up in school cafeteria and a large banner with a pledge against violence, hung proudly against the wall. Students came by during lunchtime to sign the pledge, collect pencils and pledge against violence bookmarks. The bookmark served as a reminder to be kind to one another and advocate for one another. One student, stated “I really support what the YW does for the community. I am 100% against violence and bullying.”