A Week Without Violence

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Working to bring an end to domestic and gender-based violence, A Week Without Violence is a world-wide movement the YWCA is bringing to Central New York with the help of local lawmakers and leaders. 

“Because we need to call the attention of everybody and you know when we call the attention of representatives and politicians, then everybody comes like you, the news comes, and say ok we’re in too,” said Fanny Villarreal, Executive Director of the YWCA.

“The YWCA is a critical partner for us. They work a lot with our young people in the community. They’re an anchor on the north side, but their reach goes far beyond the north side and not just the city. We work with them on so many different issues, but again, as it specifically relates to domestic violence and gender-based violence, they are a leader in this area. And they’ve brought all of us together, as they usually do, to help address this very important issue,” said Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh.

There are more than 130 events across the nation planned to discuss the realities of domestic violence and to educate people on their rights and how to handle situations.

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