The YWCA Week Without Violence, October 19-25, was a great success, raising awareness about this important issue.
On Sunday, October 19th, a silent vigil and prayer services was held at Jubilee! in downtown Asheville. The names of 81 victims (so far this year) of domestic homicide from North Carolina were read aloud and acknowledged by the lighting of candles.
A silent walk to raise awareness about domestic violence was held on Tuesday, October 21. The group walked from the Buncombe County Courthouse to Pritchard Park. At the park, the names of victims were read and songs were raised up for awareness. In addition, a moving testimonial was offered by Jessie Croom, who was a victim of domestic violence. The Asheville Citizen-Times ran a story about the event.
The YWCA hosted a Community Dinner on October 24. Those gathered commemorated victimes of violence with a luminary lighting. In addition, Laura Eschelman from North Carolinians Against Gun Violence led a group discussion after supper.
The Clothesline Project form Helpmate is on display in the YWCA lobby until October 29. The project consists of t-shirts made by victims’ families and survivors to raise awareness and give messages of hope.
These Week Without Violence events were sponsored by the YWCA, Helpmate and the Asheville-Buncombe Coalition for the Prevention of Family Violence.
This story was submitted by Jenny Sliker, YWCA New Choices Director.