YWCA Raises Awareness About Domestic Violence, Hosts 'Week Without Violence'

Jennifer Keiper
October 16, 2019 - 8:20 am
YWCA leaders visiting Capitol Hill to talk to lawmakers about advocating for legislative and policy priorities.

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- During what has been dubbed "Week Without Violence", a longtime organization is raising awareness about domestic violence.

In communities across the country, "one in four women will experience domestic violence, and on average, more than three women are murdered by their current or former partner in the U.S. every day," said YWCA CEO Alejandra Castillo.

"This is an issue that is touching communities all across America, and not only does it have an impact on the women, it also has a tremendous impact on the children and communities."

YWCA CEO Alejandra Castillo tells WBBM Newsradio, as one of the largest providers of services to those who've experienced violence, they are encouraging not only discussion, but action.

"To be part of the solution, if you see something, reach out, refer them to the YWCA. We are here to help," she said..."because you never know how these conversations may be the solution or the hope a woman is eager to hear about and obviously raise the issue that there are organizations, like the YWCA, around the country that stand ready to help in so many different manners."

The YWCA is hosting events, workshops and podcasts this "Week Without Violence"and it's leaders are also visiting Capitol Hill to talk to lawmakers about advocating for legislative and policy priorities.

You can find out more about the groups' services by checking out ywca.org.