Welcome! Voices Against Violence 2020

Good morning!

And welcome to YWCA Dayton’s 18th annual Voices Against Violence, presented by Riegel Financial. Last year, we refreshed this event to better reflect the platform it provides for both survivors and supporters to be a voice for change, not knowing that in 2020, those experiencing domestic violence would need us more than ever.

In 1977, when YWCA Dayton opened its first domestic violence shelter – still the only one serving Montgomery County – it was one of just 25 such shelters across the nation, and only the second to be opened by a YWCA. Today, YWCA USA is the single largest network of domestic violence shelters and services in the U.S. We are incredibly proud to be part of this lifesaving legacy.

On an average day, 30+ children call YWCA Dayton domestic violence shelters home. This month, they are creating artwork that will be showcased in a virtual art gallery during YWCA’s Week Without Violence. In 2019 alone, we provided 14,568 nights of shelter stay and answered 7,263 hotline calls. Learn more about YW’s impact in our latest Annual Report.


At YWCA, we’re not new to this; we’re true to this. Over the course of our 150-year history, our services for women and children in the Miami Valley have continued through at least three epidemics and pandemics. Our buildings, our services, and our hearts have always remained open, 24/7/365.

Home is the safest place you can be during a pandemic; but when home is not a safe place for everyone, we can’t stop. Since March, our crisis hotline has seen caller lethality – the likelihood of the situation to cause death – increase dramatically, with nearly 3 times as many callers reporting an immediate safety concern. Even without COVID-19 concerns, the numbers were already grim: 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, and Black women experience domestic violence 35% more than white women and 2.5 times the rate of other women of color.

Every day, we are On a Mission to secure safe futures and challenge the culture that perpetuates violence against women. But we can’t do it alone. Thank you for dedicating this intentional time to listen, learn, and raise your voice with us.

In addition to providing immediate crisis services, YWCA Dayton is committed to prevention efforts that create long-term safety and solutions. Our HomeShare program — which provides transitional housing for domestic violence survivors — has expanded to Preble County, and our new AMEND Together program is in 10 schools to engage men and boys in preventing violence against women and girls.

Zoom Link (same for every session)
Located in your email.

Sessions & Speakers
8 a.m. – Intersection with Faith
sponsored by West Dayton Caravan of Churches
Roula Allouch, National Board Chair – Council on American-Islamic Relations & Darlene Hills-Clinkscale, a 30-year domestic violence survivor and founder of Stop It Before It Starts, LLC

9:30 a.m. – Intersection with Immigration
sponsored by Larson, Lyons & Al-Hamdani
Danielle Firsich, Coalition Leader – YWCA Greater Cincinnati, Immigrant Survivors of Partner Violence

11 a.m. – Intersection with Employment
sponsored by Montgomery County ADAMHS
Dr. Ludy Green, host of the podcast Ending Domestic Abuse and author of Ending Domestic Violence Captivity

Noon – Lunch & brain break (on your own)

1 p.m. – Intersection with Rural Communities
Sonia Ferencik, Youth Advocacy & Trauma Informed Services Coordinator – Ohio Domestic Violence Network

3 p.m. – Intersection with Housing & Homelessness
sponsored by Greater Dayton Premier Management
Denise Kontras, Training Coordinator – Ohio Domestic Violence Network & Sharon McDonald, Senior Fellow for Families & Children – National Alliance to End Homelessness

5 p.m. – Keynote Address
Shannon Isom, President & CEO – YWCA Dayton

Be a Voice with us. Share on social using #VoicesAgainstViolence and tag us @ywcadayton.
If you, or someone you know, is experiencing domestic violence, help is still here.
24/7 Crisis Hotline: 937-222-SAFE
Questions? Contact us at events@ywcadayton.org.