Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

Join YWCA Greenwich to support victims and raise awareness about Domestic Abuse


During the month of October, YWCA Greenwich will host a series of events designed to raise awareness about domestic abuse in Greenwich. Through the Allstate Purple Purse Challenge, we will raise money to support YWCA Greenwich Domestic Abuse Services. For nearly 35 years, YWCA Greenwich has been the only state designated and acredited provider of domestic abuse services in Greenwich, with staff who are licensed to provide a variety of victim services. YWCA Greenwich provides 100% of its services free of charge to the victims who reach YWCA Greenwich, including a 24/7 hotline, crisies intervention, group and individual counseling, offsite emergency shelter, civil and criminal court advocacy and more. Education, professional training, community outreach and prevention programs in Greenwich public schools are also critical components of the programs delivered by YWCA Greenwich Domestic Abuse Services.  


Throughout October

  • Wear a purple ribbon to show support for the victims of Domestic Violence.
  • Make a donation to YWCA Greenwich through the Purple Purse Challenge at starting October 2. Your donation could help us win prizes up to $100,000 to support YWCA Greenwich Domestic Abuse Services.


Join our events: 

  • ​Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month Kickoff ● Monday, October 2, 1:30pm - 2:00pm ● Greenwich Town Hall, 101 Field Point Road, Greenwich
    First Selectman, Peter Tesei, joined by GPD Chief James Heavey and other community leaders, will read a proclamation to commemorate this important month
  • Annual Candlelight Vigil and Art Show Reception ● Wednesday, October 11, 6:30pm ● YWCA Greenwich, 259 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich
    - Celebrate survivors, remember victims who have lost their lives and light candles of hope for the future.
    - Honor GHS Football Coach John Marinelli with the Purple Ribbon Award.
    - Attend  reception of “To Whom it May Concern,” an art show created by our own Domestic Abuse Services clients and participate in our interactive exhibit.

YWCA Greenwich Week without Violence ● Monday,October 16 - Friday, October 20

  • Community Discussion: DV 101 – Understanding Domestic Violence Friday, October 20 ● 9:30am - 12:30pm
    This interactive session is open to the community. YWCA staff will explore myths and facts about domestic violence, how to recognize warning signs and respond in a safe, productive way.
    Up to 3 CEU's are available for a $25 donation to YWCA Greenwich. Register by sending an email to
  • Silent Witness Project
    During the week of October 16 our Silent Witness Exhibit will be on display at YWCA Greenwich. Our goal is to raise awareness of the tragedy of domestic violence and pay tribute to the women and men we've lost.
  • Curiosity Concert -- Concert is sold out
    Steinway Artist Jenny Lin is one of the most respected young pianists today, admired for her adventurous programming and charismatic stage presence.  Join Jenny for an engaging piano concert (filled with surprises!) that travels through Melody’s Mostly Musical Day, a beautiful new illustrated book with companion CD (which will be a gift from Curiosity Concerts to the first 40 families with reservations and children who arrive at the concert). Donations will be made to YWCA Greenwich.