Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2019

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There are so many ways you can help! Raising awareness, raising funds and supporting those who are survivors of Domestic Violence. We can all make an impact this October!

Need some ideas—check out a few we have. If you have your own idea…GO FOR IT!

Let us know if we can help by calling 574-233-9491 ext. 316 or email 

We have a lot going on this month so please consider joining us at one of our many events and activities.

Mark your Calendars:

October 9th – Art Walk at Arts on Main, located at 205 S Main St – Elkhart, IN 46516.  

Stop by and support the Elkhart County Safe Haven Shelter while you view all of the incredible artwork!

October 10th – Chalk it Out, in front of Chicory Cafe, Downtown South Bend

October 15th – Police officer Recognition Ceremony

Each year the YWCA holds an official recognition ceremony, recognizing the officers in our community who have exceeded expectations with the Danger Assessment Law Enforcement tool. This will take place at 10:00 am at the County-City Building. The DALE has been used in St. Joseph County for several years now. This tool helps the officers and our staff gather information on lethality risks on Domestic Violence calls.

October 19th – Everybody Has A Story (

6th annual music and variety show benefiting the YWCA. Curtis Lord & Friends, local musicians, and storytellers will come to downtown South Bend for the sixth time on Saturday, October 19, 2019, at South Bend’s premier entertainment venue, Vegetable Buddies.

October 21st – Movie Screening

YWCA staff and community members come together for a movie screening of Power & Control: Domestic Violence in America. This film revolves around a mother and her three children fleeing to a Domestic Violence shelter and their journey to find a safe, violent free home. Light refreshments will be provided. If you would like to attend this free screening please call 574-233-9491 or email

October 1 – October 31 – Purple Hair Challenge

Staff and supporters will go Purple with the Purple Hair Challenge. We are collecting donations and once their goal is met their hair goes purple. What a fun way to spread awareness and raise funds!

October 1 – October 31 – Clothesline Project, County-City Building Lobby, South Bend

View t-shirts decorated by local survivors of domestic violence with messages of hope, courage, and strength.