October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time when we come together to highlight the issue of domestic violence and work towards creating a world where all people can live and love freely without fear. At YWCA Clark County, this year’s awareness campaign is inspired by the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s (WSCADV) powerful Theory of Change, which aims to transform a culture rooted in violence to one rooted in liberation and justice.
What is WSCADV’s Theory of Change?
WSCADV’s Theory of Change is a visual representation of the path they are following to create the changes they seek. It centers on the idea that violence is used to control groups, communities, and individuals and seeks to address this problem through three key building blocks: economic justice, racial equity, and gender and reproductive liberation.
Our Events and Social Media Campaign
In alignment with WSCADV’s Theory of Change, our agency has organized a series of events throughout Domestic Violence Awareness Month to foster awareness, education, and community support. We believe that by coming together, we can make a meaningful impact and contribute to the broader mission of ending domestic violence.
Throughout Domestic Violence Awareness Month, our social media campaign is dedicated to shedding light on each vital element of the Theory of Change. Join us during Week 1 (Racial Justice), Week 2 (Economic Justice), Week 3 (Gender and Reproductive Justice), and Week 4 (Community Care) as we share compelling statistics about domestic violence, spotlight our SafeChoice and Prevention Programs, showcase our events throughout the month, and celebrate the invaluable contributions of our community partners. Be sure to follow @ywcaccprevention and tag us on Instagram!
Film Screening with Panel Discussion. October 3rd, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm
Join us for a screening of “Love Struck Part 1” and “The Search: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women” a 20-minute film that delves into the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women in the US. Following the screening, we will host a panel discussion featuring staff from SafeChoice and Cowlitz Tribe’s Pathways to Healing Program. Panelists Include: Abby Lambert, Mady McKay, Haley Paisley, Eben Card
Link to Register: tiny.cc/FilmScreening
In Her Shoes: Experiential Learning, October 10th, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm
Participate in “In Her Shoes” an educational tool designed for experiential learning about domestic violence. This activity allows participants to step into the shoes of someone experiencing an abusive relationship, fostering empathy and understanding. A community discussion will follow the activity.
Link to Register: tiny.cc/InHerShoes
Domestic Violence Community Vigil, October 26th, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm
Please join us in holding space for those we have lost over the years to domestic violence. This event will be held in the community room, and weather permitting, outside the building. It is a space for healing and reflection, with snacks, collaborative crafting, and conversations. The event will begin with some brief remarks and resources provided by WSCADV’s friends and family guide, followed by time to grieve and remember.
Link to Register: tiny.cc/CommunityVigil
By participating in these events, you become a part of the collective effort to raise awareness about domestic violence, challenge the culture of violence, and promote the values of economic justice, racial equity, gender and reproductive liberation, and community care. Together, we can make strides toward a world where everyone can live a life free from violence. Join us this Domestic Violence Awareness Month as we inspire change and work towards a safer, more inclusive future for all.