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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

In 1989, the U.S. Congress passed Public Law 101-112 designating October of that year as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Such legislation has passed every year since. The month aims to: mourn those who have died from domestic violence; celebrate those who have survived; and connect those who work to end domestic violence.

It evolved from the “Day of Unity” conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence held in October 1981. The intent was to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became an entire week devoted to a range of activities conducted at the local, state, and national level. In October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed. Each year, the Day of Unity is celebrated the first Monday of DVAM.

YWCA Dayton operates the only domestic violence shelters in Montgomery and Preble counties. Our Battered Woman Project (what is now our DV shelter in Dayton) opened in 1977, as did our 24/7 crisis and domestic violence hotline, which still serve both counties today. We took ownership of the Preble County shelter in 2004. We provide shelter and support every day to more than 100 women and children seeking lives free from violence. In addition to a full slate of clinical and supportive shelter services, YW has advocated for the health and safety of women since its founding in 1870, with our first foray into ending gender-based violence happening in 1886, when we petitioned the Ohio General Assembly asking for “better legal protection for women against assault.”

Thank You | Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2021

DVAM Events & Activities

Oct. 1-31, 2021

Each October, YWCA Dayton recognizes the strength and resilience of domestic violence survivors at a special fundraising event to support YWCA Dayton’s domestic violence shelter and support services, including its 24-hour crisis hotline. Formerly called the YWomen Breakfast, it was refreshed (and expanded!) in 2019 as Voices Against Violence to better reflect the platform it provides for both survivors and supporters to be a voice for change.

To ensure community safety during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this event has shifted from a live, in-person occurrence to a month-long online fundraising challenge. As an individual or as a team, be a Voice for survivors by starting your fundraising page today. Exciting prizes will be given to the people, and teams, raising the most funds by the end of October! Sign up to attend a team captain orientation HERE and start your fundraising page now HERE. (Need help? Check out our quick and easy video tutorial HERE.)

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Presenting: Montgomery County ADAMHS
Empowerment: CareSource, PNC Bank, Riegel Financial


Saturday, October 16, 2021
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Eaton Bark Park, 701 Park Ave., Eaton, OH 45320

Join YWCA Dayton’s Preble County Office during Domestic Violence Awareness Month for an afternoon of family-friendly fun with fur-riends. Show off your pet for this sixth annual signature fundraiser benefiting Preble County’s only domestic violence shelter and 24/7 crisis hotline.

This year, we’re bringing back a month-long online pet photo contest leading up to our in-person event! Participants will be able to submit photos of their furry (or scaly) family members for the chance to compete for our online “Influencer Award.” Vote all month and then celebrate in-person on Oct. 16. The pet with the most votes online will be announced during our Purple Paws Pet Showcase along with other award winners. Awards will be presented for: Influencer, “Twinning” (pet and owner lookalikes), Most “Not Dog,” Best Trick, People’s Choice, and Best In Show.

The in-person event will also feature special guests, food vendors, games, activities for the whole family, and more!


$10 per pet to enter; $1 = 1 vote. Voting will open Sept. 20.


$10 per person (includes T-shirt!) + $5 to register your pet for the Pet Showcase (includes bandana!). Kids 17 and under are free.

Follow the conversation online using #PurplePaws.


Oct. 1-31, 2021

All month long, join us in painting the town purple to honor those we’ve lost and celebrate those who have survived domestic violence. Whether you’re swapping your porch light for a purple bulb, donning your most purple shirt for Paint Preble Purple, or helping us decorate downtown thoroughfares in Montgomery and Preble counties, it all helps to raise awareness and show survivors they are not alone. Each of our voices is powerful; together, our message is life-changing for the women and families we serve 24/7/365.


Thursday, October 21, 2021
5:30-7 p.m.
My Neighbor’s House, 120 N. Cherry St., Eaton, OH 45320

How do we go from surviving to thriving? Join us for our next Y-Dub Discussions in Preble County during YWCA USA’s Week Without Violence. Held at My Neighbor’s House, this casual community conversation will focus on the importance of allyship for ensuring freedom and dignity for all during Domestic Violence Awareness Month and beyond. 

For more than 20 years, YWCA USA has set aside one week in October as a Week Without Violence – a week to raise awareness and engage action to end the broad spectrum of violence – as part of a global movement with World YWCA to end violence against women and girls. 

Through basic tenets like respect and responsibility for one another, together we can move beyond resilience, helping create communities in which women and girls are able to thrive. During this interactive, in-person event, we’ll equip you with the tools to start where you are and do your part to strengthen the community, joining us On a Mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.  Free to attend!


Previous Y-Dub Discussion topics have included: the effects of trauma within the classroom; recognizing childhood trauma and toxic stress; the political marginalization of women of color; allyship; racism as a public health crisis; and more. Follow the conversation on social using #YDubDiscussions. Questions? Contact advocacy@ywcadayton.org. 

This project was supported by Grant No. 2019-WR-AX-0035 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. 

Need help? It starts with a call.

If you are in immediate need of assistance, call 911.

24/7 Crisis & Domestic Violence Hotline: 937-222-SAFE (7233)