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. 



DVAM 2018 Events:


PAWS FOR A CAUSE
Oct. 1 to Oct. 31

 
Did you know the YWCA shelter allows families to bring their pets to shelter with them? During October, local pet supply  retailers, pet daycares and veterinarian offices throughout Pierce County will be collecting donations that will directly support pets living in the YWCA shelter.

Participating locations for 2018:
Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital 

Dinky Dogs
Lucky Dog Outfitters Gig Harbor
Lucky Dog Outfitters Tacoma
Positive Approach
Choppers
Hound Hangout
Wet Noses Dry Paws
 
 
DVAM KICK OFF
Tuesday, Oct. 2 | 6PM
Odd Otter Brewing Co.
 
In honor of DVAM, Odd Otter will be brewing a specialty ale from which 10% of sales will be donated to the YWCA Pierce County. 

Help us name our DVAM beer! Gather inspiration from feminist icons, tie in YWCA's Healthy Love messaging, bring Tacoma's beauty and dedication to social justice to your submission! The submission with the most votes will have the honor of naming our beer and win a $25 gift card to Odd Otter.

Submit your beer names here:
https://goo.gl/forms/q3xg6xshjFDL9Ff72

Submissions will be open until September 21st, voting will run from September 21st-October 1st. 



CUPCAKES FOR A CAUSE
Monday, Oct. 8 to Sunday, Oct. 14
Hello, Cupcake
 
For this week only, Hello, Cupcake will be selling YWCA Cupcakes. $1 from each sale will benefit YWCA Pierce County. 

 
DVAM TAKE-OVER
Monday, Oct. 8 | 6-10PM
Doyle's Public House
 
Come show support for the YWCA, DVAM and our Seattle Sounders at our Doyle's Take Over. Doyle’s will be donating 25% of food and select alcohol purchases to the YWCA. 

 
STAND UP FOR YWCA:
AN EVENING OF FEMINIST COMEDY
Thursday, Oct. 11 | 6:30PM
$10 suggested donation
The Swiss
 
You won’t want to miss this hilarious evening featuring feminist performers. Our second annual comedy show features comedians from the South Sound and beyond.


HOPS FOR HOPE
Thursday, Oct. 18 | 6-8PM 
The Copper Door
 
Come and share  a few pints at the Copper Door in support of YWCA Pierce County. You’ll enjoy great beer and YWCA will receive $2 from every pint purchased.

 
90'S DANCE PARTY 
Saturday, Oct. 20 | 8PM 
$15 entry fee
Alma Mater
 
Join YWCA’s Associate Board for a night of dancing and fun in honor of healthy love! DJ Dorian will keep the party going at Alma Mater's beautiful space. To register for this event, please click here.
 
 
 
VOICES OF COURAGE:
STORIES OF HOPE FROM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURVIVORS
Friday, Oct. 26 | 6PM
Kilworth Memorial Chapel - UPS
 
Join us for true and inspiring stories of survivors retold by local actors. Reception to follow. This event is free but registration is encouraged. To register for this event, please click here.