October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) nationwide. The original purpose of DVAM was to connect domestic violence advocates around the country and region. As the month grew in popularity, it has expanded to involve everyone interested in learning about domestic violence, reporting instances and breaking the cycle of violence.

During the month of October, YWCA Pierce County holds Domestic Violence Action Month – moving the focus from understanding the issue to taking action to prevent and end domestic violence in our community.

Share your support for YWCA Pierce County and ending domestic violence by participating in community events throughout the month. When we come together, we have the power to build healthy relationships and a community free from violence. 



Did you know the YWCA shelter allows families to bring their pets to live with them? Throughout October, local pet supply retailers, pet daycares and veterinarian offices throughout Pierce County are collecting donations that will directly support pets living in the shelter.
Participating businesses:
- Lucky Dog Outfitters (Tacoma location)
- Good Karma Petcare
- Bubbles & Bows Pet Grooming
- Wet Noses Dry Paws
- Dinky Dogs

Oct. 1 to Oct. 31
Doyle’s Public House
For the entire month of October, Doyle’s is offering patrons an opportunity to round-up their bill to the next dollar and will donate the round-up to YWCA’s life-saving domestic violence services.

Tuesday, Oct. 2 | 6PM
Doyle’s Public House
Join YWCA Pierce County staff and volunteers as we kick-off another year of DVAM! Learn more about domestic violence and YWCA’s services while you enjoy a pint and a bite, and round-up your bill to the next dollar at the end. Your round-up will be donated to YWCA on behalf of Doyle’s.

Monday, Oct. 7 to Sunday, Oct. 13
Hello, Cupcake
For this week only, Hello, Cupcake is selling YWCA Cupcakes. $1 from each sale will benefit YWCA Pierce County. This is a perfect opportunity to buy a cupcake for your family, friends, co-workers and yourself!

Thursday, Oct. 17 | 6-8PM
Peaks and Pints
Join YWCA and our community hosts for a night of beer and conversation about how to empower healthy relationships and prevent domestic violence in the South Sound. YWCA will receive $1 from every draft beer sold.

Saturday, Oct. 19 | 5PM
Alma Mater
Hang out with YWCA at Tacoma’s favorite Night Market! YWCA Pierce County is this month’s featured non-profit - stop by and learn more about addressing domestic violence in Pierce County and do some shopping with local vendors.

Friday Oct. 25 | 5:30 PM
YWCA - 405 Broadway
You’re invited to YWCA’s admin building for a night of wine tasting and small bites while you learn more about YWCA’s services and tour our Children’s and Legal floors. This is a rare opportunity to see our program spaces and deepen your connection to YWCA Pierce County! Must be 21+ to attend. This event is free but RSVPs are encouraged. To RSVP please email Marshall Samuela at msamuela@ywcapiercecounty.org.