17th Annual Week without Violence®

October 14 - 20, 2013
Raise awareness and encourage change by achieving a "Victory over Violence "
YWCA Week Without Violence

The YWCA Week without Violence® represents our mission to create a vision of harmony; free of violence and full of peace within our homes, our classrooms, our businesses, our communities, our nation, and ultimately our world. Our YWCA promotes a violence-free world, welcoming individuals, communities, and organizations throughout Silicon Valley to partner and participate during the Week Without Violence®.

The Week Without Violence® is an annual YWCA-wide campaign held during the third week of October to raise public awareness about violence in our homes and our communities; to create dialogue; and to encourage alternatives. For over 100 years, the YWCA of Silicon Valley has been at the forefront of Santa Clara County in supporting a safer community through education that provides women, children, and families with opportunities for positive growth and achievement.

Many of the YWCA Silicon Valley's departments make an extra effort to bring awareness to this important cause during A Week Without Violence®.

Here are some things we have done in the past. Please check back to see this year's activities.

General Public:

Monday: "Random Acts of Kindness" Challenge. 11am - 1pm, B&K Room. Bring your own lunch.
Tuesday: Violence Against Women's Self-Esteeem. 11am - 1pm. B&K Room. Bring your own lunch.
Wednesday: Domestic Violence and Dating Violence. 12pm - 2pm, Martinez Room, Bring your Own Lunch
Thursday: Free Self Defense Lessons. 11am - 1pm, B&K Room. Bring your own lunch and water.
Friday: "Random Acts of Kindness" Challenge. 11am - 1pm, B&K Room. Bring your own lunch.

Rape Crisis:

Clothesline Project will be on display all week in our Headquarters. This is a national clothesline that moves about the country. After our shirts hang at the YWCA for the week we will forward them to join the national project.

Counseling and Family Services:

We will distribute a flyer called 10 Tips to Expressing Healthy Anger as appropriate to clients throughout the week.

Youth Services

Monday: Drug and Alcohol Violence: Students will learn about the history of Week Without Violence. Students will explore how drugs and alcohol can be a contributor to violence in the household.
Tuesday: Gang Violence: Students will see a movie clip from Boys in the HOod and have a group discussion. They will have a chance to share personal experiences with gang violence and how it has affected their lives.
Wednesday: Domestic Violence/Relationship Violence: Students will be introduced to the Violence and Non-Violence Wheel. They will learn how to identify mental, physical and sexual abuse and explore how it affects people's thought processes.
Thursday: Racism, Sexism and the other "Isms": Students will discuss the different "isms" and how they affect students' lives. They will discuss the impact of the "isms" in the world.
Friday: Week Without Violence Jeopardy: Students will recap what they learned throughout the week by playing a Jeopardy game. They will work on a poster on how to stop violence and attain peace.