October 15 – 19, 2012

Week Without Violence

The YWCA's Week Without Violence Campaign is part of the association's international initiative to challenge every person and organization to PLEDGE to live for seven days without perpetrating, observing or investing in racism, hate and violence.

Violence plagues our homes, workplaces, schools and streets. Around the country and around the world the "search for peace" is one of the highest priorities. Special efforts are made to attract youth participation. Young children are encouraged to participate in the chalk walk, older children are encouraged to participate in a youth challenge which allows for artistic representations, community service and other forms of active engagement in the efforts to decrease violence in our community. Local leaders, organizations, businesses and residents supported the efforts and participated in the various programs and events.

“The Many Faces of Domestic Violence”

The YWCA’s “domestic violence awareness” project for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, October 2012, is “The Many Faces of Domestic Violence”.  This mask project is to increase awareness and support the healing of domestic violence victims. It will offer an artistic outlet as they express their experiences and feelings as victims and their strengths as survivors.  Full and half masks will be available as well as a myriad of craft supplies, paints and decorative bric/brac to assist in the creative process.  Support staff will be available to assist with supplies and offer individual support during the process.

See our masks click here


Mask Workshops

Where:   YWCA NorthEastern NY

44 Washington Ave, Schenectady

When:    October 1-5

When:    Noon until 4:00pm


“Turn the Town Purple & Pink” on Wednesday, Oct 17

“Wear Purple & Pink” in honor of Domestic Violence and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Decorate your place of business and home with purple and/or pink balloons and ribbons. Contact Jo-Anne or Lynn, 518-374-3394, at the YWCA, we’ll put your picture on Facebook.

Click here to see our 2011 album


“Take Back the Night” on Thursday October 18

Join us at the YWCA NENY, 44 Washington Avenue in Schenectady.

6:00 pm, viewing of  "Melissa" a Power Point Presentation created by the children of Melissa Fennicks, who was murdered 20 years ago by her batterer here in Schenectady.

“Take Back the Night” Program & March

Speakers for the evening will be Claudia Fennicks, Melissa Fennicks mothe, and members of the investagation and prosecution team that worked Melissa's case. After a brief invocation the group will march through a section of Schenectady demanding that domestic violence and sexual assault be stopped. Community groups are welcome to join the march, bring your banners.


Please click HERE to see the photographs from the 2010 chalk walk and

the Take Back the Night March 



For more information contact Jo-Anne Rafalik at 518-374-3394