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Week Without Violence is part of a global movement to end violence against women and girls with YWCAs across the country and around the world. At YWCA Northeast Kansas, we know that not all violence is acknowledged or responded to equally. That’s why we set aside one week in October as a Week Without Violence, when we focus on ending gender-based violence, including domestic violence, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, trafficking, and harassment.

We invite you to join us from October 17 – 22, as we Center Survivors through education, advocacy, and civic engagement.


Our united action is powerful when we work to center the voices and experiences of survivors. Honor Domestic Violence Awareness Month and YWCA Week Without Violence by joining us as we raise our voices, use our votes, and work for an end to gender-based violence.

Today’s most divisive issues and headlines directly impact the safety and well-being of survivors of domestic violence in unique and harmful ways. By raising awareness of the ways in which issues impact survivors, we can bridge divides and build support among the community for the services and solutions survivors need. Together, we will support survivors in finding safety, healing, and pathways forward, free from violence.


Stop by YWCA Northeast Kansas to learn more about our programs, check your voter registration, and grab a bite to eat from food trucks!
We believe in the power of civic engagement and collective action. So, we’re partnering with Loud Light and the League of Women Voters of Topeka and Shawnee County to encourage advocates and allies to get out and vote this November. Volunteers will be available to help you check your voter registration so that you know when, where, and how to make your voice heard on election day.
Plus: Food trucks!
Poppin’ Minis will be out front from 8am to 11am.
Poppin’ Squeeze will be here from 10am to 3pm.
Flavor Wagon will be here from 11am to 5:30pm.
*The first 20 visitors at 8am and 11am will receive a free food item!

Come to speak up and speak out, or just to listen and support poetry performances in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and YWCA Week Without Violence.
Washburn University students, staff, faculty, administration and the greater Topeka community are welcome to join the YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment in conjunction with Washburn University professor and author Dennis Etzel, Jr. and professor Dr. Jericho Hockett on Thursday, October 20, from 1:30-2:30 PM in the Washburn University Union Underground. Snacks and beverages will be provided.
This event will provide a safe space for our community to speak-up and speak-out against relationship violence and sexual assault or to share words of encouragement, empowerment and support for survivors of violence.
If you are not in the space to share, please feel free to come and listen to the words of others. Counseling and advocacy services will be available.


Our united action is powerful! Honor Domestic Violence Awareness Month and YWCA Week Without Violence and join us on the south steps of the Statehouse (location subject to change) on Friday, October 21, 2022 at 11:30 AM as we center survivors and uplift the voices of survivors, advocates and allies who are working tirelessly to organize voices, disrupt systems, and eliminate barriers around the issue of domestic violence to ensure our community is a safe and supportive space for survivors.
Following the rally, we will march together to YWCA Northeast Kansas for a light lunch and fellowship.

YWCA USA Week Without Violence

Check out the national Week Without Violence webpage for more information on national efforts, online actions you can take, and how to advocate and engage on social media.