October is Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. YWCA Greenwich will once again participate in the Allstate Purple Purse Challenge, an online event to raise funds to support YWCA Greenwich Domestic Abuse Services. Look for the Purple Purse at locations around Greenwich during October, and stop by to learn more about domestic violence and how you can contribute to ending all gender-based violence in our community. Greenwich Fire, Police and GEMS will wear a purple ribbon lapel pin during the month of October and have a purple ribbon car magnet to place on their official vehicles to show their support for victims of domestic abuse and the work YWCA Greenwich is doing to help save lives.
YWCA Greenwich is the only state designated and accredited provider of domestic abuse services in Greenwich, with staff who are licensed to provide a variety of victim services. Incidents of domestic violence continue to be high in Greenwich and across the nation. In fact, domestic violence continues to be the number one violent crime and the second most investigated crime in Greenwich. YWCA Greenwich provides its services free of charge to victims participating in our programs. Services include 24/7 hotlines, crisis intervention, group and individual counseling, emergency shelter, civil and criminal court advocacy and more. Education, professional training, community awareness and prevention programs are also critical components of the programs delivered by YWCA Domestic Abuse Services.
Please consider donating to the Purple Purse Challenge and joining us for one or more of our events in October.
- YWCA Greenwich Domestic Abuse Services Art show kicks off in the Gertrude White Art Gallery. The art is created by the YWCA Domestic Abuse Services staff and volunteers. This year's show will focus on the hoops a victim has to jump through to survive.
- Retailers on Greenwich Avenue and beyond will show their support by putting up a Purple Purse Cling and distributing information about the campaign at checkout. We hope you will support retailers who put up the cling.
- Purple pashminas and baseball caps will be available for a $10 donation to support YWCA Greenwich Domestic Abuse Services for the month of October.
- Allstate Purple Purse Challenge Kicks off 12 pm. Donate at www.ywcagreenwich.org/purplepurse
- 1:00 PM Join us at Town Hall when First Selectman Peter Tesei will read a proclamation announcing October as Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month
- YWCA Greenwich Annual Candlelight Vigil and Art Show -- 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm at YWCA Greenwich, 259 East Putnam Avenue. The event is a tribute to survivors of domestic abuse and the volunteers who give their time and talent to help survivors. We also memorialize Connecticut victims who lost their lives this past year to their abusers. The event is free and open to the public.
- #TBT Movie Screening, A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story at 7:00 pm, YWCA Greenwich, 259 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich. This landmark case revolutionezed the law enforcemtn response to intimate partner violence and changed the public perspective on what used to be a "private family matter." A Cry fo rHelp portrays the true story of a corageous survivor whose traumatic experience led to positive change. The movie will be followed by a Q&A with counselors from YWCA Domestic Abuse Services. A $10 donation to the Purple Purse challenge is requested. Go to www.crowdrise.com/tbtmovienight. Refreshments and popcorn will be served as well.
- Fall fashon preview at Carlisle Per Se, 6:00 pm, 40 Greenwich Avenue, Second Floor. Carlisle has been a generously outfitted YWCA Greenwich clients who were in need of an outfit or two to help them move forward in their lives, perhaps for a job interview.
- Allstate Purple Purse Challenge Ends