Domestic Violence Awareness

PowerUp for Domestic Violence Awareness
YWCA Central Alabama recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2020! This year’s theme is POWERUP, which encourages allies, advocates, and individuals to use their voice and devote their resources toward reducing and eliminating domestic violence in their communities.
Sept. 30 – Momma Goldberg’s Deli
Time 4-9 p.m.
Address – 2829 18th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35209
Description – Kick-off Domestic Violence Awareness Month and support YWCA Central Alabama with a meal at Momma Goldberg’s Deli. 18% of all participant sales from 4-9 p.m. will be donated to support the mission of the YW!
Oct. 7 – PowerUp In Color: Black Women Survivors and the Journey to Wellness
Time -11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Cost – Free / Register
Description – Better understand the mental health of Black women victims and survivors of domestic violence and how allies can support. When Black women survivors speak, there’s power in their story. Learn how safety happens and mental and emotional wellness and security can be achieved.
· Danna Melton, LPC, RPT, IMH-E, Family Counselor, Domestic Violence Services, YWCA Central Alabama
· Fanicy Sears, LPC, LMFT, NCC, BC-TMH, Owner of eMotion Therapy
· Crystal Mullen-Johnson, LICSW, IP, RPT, CEO/Founder of Strive Counseling Services
· Moderator – Dr. Idrissa Snider, Director of Social Justice, YWCA Central Alabama
Oct. 14 – PowerUp to Eliminate Gender-Based Violence: A Conversation Centering the LGBTQ Experience
Time – 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Cost – Free / Register
Description – Join us as we discuss how homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and anti – transgender stigma increase risk factors and continue to create a culture of dangerous violence against women. The conversation will provide culturally and gender appropriate supportive measures and resources for those experiencing domestic violence, right here in the Central Alabama area.
· Aryn Gieger-Sedgwick – SAKI Program Director, Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office
· Saida Agostini – Vice President of Member Services, YWCA USA
· Moderator – Dr. LaRhonda Magras – CEO, YWCA Central Alabama
Oct. 15 – One Place Metro Alabama Family Justice Center Multidisciplinary Team Meeting 
Time – 9-10 a.m.
Cost – Free / Register
Host – One Place Metro Alabama Family Justice Center
Description – The MDT is our coordinated community response for Jefferson County where representatives from law enforcement, advocacy, forensic nursing, civil legal assistance, prosecution, and other disciplines meet monthly to learn and work together towards a more unified, holistic response to domestic and sexual violence. Featured speaker: U.S. Attorney Prim Escalona, Northern District of Alabama.
Oct. 21 – Seeking Safety: Dynamics of Domestic Violence
Time – 9–10 a.m.
Cost – Free / Register for this or any of our upcoming Dynamics of Domestic Violence webinars
Description – Join the online conversation, raise community awareness, and learn the many signs of domestic violence. Take away some community resources, support services, and learn practical applications for supporting survivors of domestic violence.
Host – Knetta Adkins, Coordinator of Community Education and Advocacy, YWCA Central Alabama
Oct. 29 @ 11 a.m. – YWCA Central Alabama Annual Candlelight Vigil
Location – ONLINE; will be cast on YWCA Facebook (@YWCACentralAlabama) and YWCA YouTube (@YWCentralAL)
Description – In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we will celebrate those lives lost to domestic violence and ignite the Central Alabama community in its own POWER to end gender-based violence. Vigils provide us with the passion and energy needed to do this difficult work. Hear reflections from local leaders on how they remain committed to ensuring the safety of victims and survivors of gender-based violence.
Host – YWCA Central Alabama
Oct. 22 – One Place Metro Alabama Family Justice Center Presents “Our Hidden Pandemic” Domestic Violence, a virtual conversation with Rachel Louise Snyder”
Time – 4–4:30 p.m.
Cost – Free / Register
Host – One Place Metro Alabama Family Justice Center
Description – One Place Metro Alabama Family Justice Center is hosting a 30-minute conversation and call to action with New York Times best-selling author Rachel Louise Synder.
Synder wrote the book No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us. It’s a powerful, eye-opening read that explores the roots of private violence behind closed doors in every community, including right here in the Greater Birmingham area.
YWCA Central Alabama

Domestic Violence Awareness