Stand Up to Violence

Week Without Violence: October 11-17, 2015

The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh invites the public to stand up to violence during the 20th annual Week Without Violence:  October 11-17, 2015.

The Week Without Violence is a signature initiative created by the YWCA USA 20 years ago to mobilize people in communities across the United States against all forms of violence, wherever it occurs. The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh joins YWCA’s nationwide in hosting local Week Without Violence events that raise awareness about and put an end to violence in all forms. 

“The facts are appalling,” said Chaz Kellem, newly appointed Senior Director of Advocacy for Race and Gender Equity, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh. Kellem refers to the statistic showing that 46 women are shot to death every month by a current or former partner in domestic violence-related homicides. “This week, choose to stand up. We cannot continue to lose our family and friends to violence.” 

“Violence should not be the answer to our problems,” said Magdeline E. Jensen, Chief Executive Officer, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh. “As a community, we must come together and look for alternative solutions. That’s what the Week Without Violence is all about. I urge everyone to get involved.”

YWCA Week Without Violence gives you practical, sustainable non-violent alternatives through a week-long series of events. For more information, call 412-255-1466 or go to

Event Line-up
Sunday, October 11: Day of Remembrance
Mark and celebrate this day in memory of friends and loved ones lost to violence.

Monday, October 12: Fun with the Force
Mingle with members of Pittsburgh’s police, SWAT team, bomb squad and K9 officers for hands-on activities, truck tours, and interactive play.
Time: 3:30pm – 5:30pm | Location: YWCA, Homewood Brushton Center, 6907 Frankstown Avenue

Tuesday, October 13: Making Our Schools Safe
YWCA, Prime Stage Theatre and Community College of Allegheny County present You Belong to Me, a teen production based on the warning signs of dating violence. Panel discussion to follow.
(Not open to the public.)

Wednesday, October 14: Surviving Domestic Violence
Hear one woman’s story of survival; learn about legal protection and safety strategies. Featuring panelists Eric Kroll, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and Lorrain Bittner, Women’s Center and Shelter. Register at
Time: 9:00pm – 12:00pm | Location: YWCA, 305 Wood Street, Pgh, PA 15222 (fourth floor)

Thursday, October 15: Youth Speak & We Listen: Town Hall Meeting
Join Pittsburgh Police Chief, Cameron Mclay, in a community discussion on how to change the culture of violence. Presented by Black Women for Positive Change. #YouthSpeak
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am | Location: CCAC Allegheny Campus, Foerester Student Center

Friday, October 16: Eliminating Racism and Hate Crime
Use your social media voice to raise hate crime, racism and violence awareness. Look for details via Twitter (@ywcapgh) and Facebook.

Saturday, October 17: Replacing Violence with Recreation and Fun
Spend time with family:

The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh strengthens our community by creating and advancing opportunities for all women to seek equality and self-sufficiency; and is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. For more information about the YWCA’s programs and services, visit or call 412-391-5100.

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