YWCA’s Week Without Violence


Each year during the third week of October, Canadians, and people around the world to mark YWCA’s Week Without Violence, a week-long series of community events promoting diverse approaches to creating a violence-free world.

Activities throughout the week focus on raising awareness, promoting attitude change, and enabling individuals and organizations to begin positive actions towards ending violence in their communities.

People in schools, workplaces, and neighborhood organizations throughout Canada recognize this annual violence prevention initiative aimed at making violence a thing of the past. Violence against women remains a global concern despite the work being done. We know that not all violence is acknowledged or responded to equally. Some survivors of violence go unrecognized, unheard, and unanswered.

What we are doing needs support and partnership to come together to promote the next steps.

Get involved


Plan a Week Without Violence™ event in your community

YWCA Canada supports events that promote diverse approaches to creating a violence-free world that can take place at home with family, at school, or in the community.


Create your own activity or follow the suggestions here.

We all can play our part in supporting initiatives that support the cause of violence prevention. Here are ways to get involved.
Participate in existing programs in your local community
Donate products and in-kind services
Volunteer at an event
Get involved in YWCA Canada campaign by sharing our resources and graphics on social media. Spread the word about Week Without Violence to your family, friends, and co-workers!

YWCA Member Association Events

YWCAs across the country host events throughout the week. Visit your local YWCA to learn about events happening in your community.
Here are just a few examples:
Power of Being a Girl™ take part in your local YWCA Power of Being a Girl™ event, a signature violence prevention conference for girls ages 12-17
Power of Being You, an empowerment-based, violence prevention conference for youth


YWCA Canada has developed a series of graphics and resources for the Week Without Violence.


Click here to download

World YWCA Week Without Violence Campaign Toolkit

Is Our Relationship Healthy? a brochure is a resource produced in consultation with girls and young women across the country, with content and language that are reflective of how youth are seeing and experiencing dating and relationships today.

Not Online. Not on Campus Report – Addressing sexual violence and Technology – Facilitated Violence on Campus.

Rights. Reports. Supports. A guide on sexual image based abuse

Follow the hashtags #WWV20 #WeekWithoutViolence2020 and #WWV2020 #semainesansviolence on social media channels for updates from YWCAs across Canada and around the world.