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Upcoming DV events in Virginia – Close out the month by supporting DV awareness

October 25th, 2012 at 7 pm,

Remember My Name will take place at Monument Heights Baptist Church. The YWCA of Richmond hosts Remember My Name, a nondenominational memorial services that commemorates men, women, and children in the Greater Richmond and surrounding communities who have lost their lives as a result of domestic violence every October during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This memorial will serve as an opportunity for anyone interested to gather as a community that is dedicated to eliminating domestic violence. Flyer

Friday, October 26th –

The Henrico prevention coalition, Too Smart 2 Start (!/HenricoTooSmart2StartCoalition?fref=ts), is collaborating with the Youth Ambassadors in Henrico County ( to plan a Teen Dating Violence Forum in the Spring of 2013 that will be open to all youth in the Greater Richmond Area, but hosted by Henrico. The coalition is looking for interested individuals who would like to help with planning, getting the word out about, and facilitating this dynamic event! If you are interested in being a part of the planning committee for this forum, please e-mail Stacie Vecchietti at by this Friday, October 26th.

Monday, October 29, 2012 10:00 am-11:30 am

Office of Justice Programs, 3rd Floor Ballroom 810 7th Street, NW Washington, DC
“The Neurobiology of Sexual Assault: Implications for First Responders in Law Enforcement, Prosecution, and Victim Advocacy” Presented by Rebecca Campbell, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology and Program Evaluation Michigan State University. Dr. Campbell will bring together research on the neurobiology of trauma and the criminal justice response to sexual assault. She will explain the underlying neurobiology of traumatic events, its emotional and physical manifestation, and how these processes can impact the investigation and prosecution of sexual assaults. Real-world, practical implications will be examined for first responders, such as law enforcement, nurses, prosecutors, and advocates. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Yolanda Curtis at or 202-305-2554. The seminar is FREE but you must RSVP to gain access to the OJP building. Please allow 20 minutes to get through security. If you are unable to attend the seminar in person, you can listen to a recording at a few weeks after the seminar takes place.


Highlighting Anti-Violence Agencies in Virginia: YWCA in Richmond, VA

ywca of richmond

Services for survivors of sexual and domestic violence in Richmond, VA are available through the YWCA of Richmond.  The YWCA has been serving and supporting women for over 100 years, since 1887. 

They provide services for victims of domestic violence – primary services are crisis intervention, education, advocacy, case management, safety planning, and counseling.  These services are offered to every client–both in residential (safehouse) and community programs.

They provide services for victims of sexual violence – free comprehensive crisis services for victims of sexual assault (over 12 years of age) and their families. The YWCA Sexual Violence Program is the only certified sexual violence program serving the Greater Richmond area.  These services include:  (a) individual and group counseling, (b) access to a 24-hour hotline, (c) 24-hour hospital accompaniment, (d) court accompaniment, (e) emergency shelter, if needed, and (f) referrals to other services, as needed.

The YWCA also has a Child Development Center – The YWCA Child Development Center’s purpose is to provide an environment that encourages social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth and development of the child as a whole.

Ways to Support DV Awareness #29 – YWCA’s Remember My Name Memorial

Host a “Remember My Name Memorial” to commemorate the lives of individuals who have died from domestic violence.

October 29th The YWCA of Richmond is hosting the 14th annual Remember My Name Memorial to commemorate the lives of individuals in our community who have died from domestic violence. The memorial will be held on October 29th at 7 pm at the Monument Heights Baptist Church. This nondenominational service commemorates those in the Greater Richmond and surrounding areas who have lost their lives due to domestic violence. During the ceremony, families, friends and community leaders will have the opportunity to speak on behalf of the victims or give testimonies about how domestic violence has affected their lives. This event is free and open to the public.

For information about submitting a name to the memorial or general information about Remember My Name, please contact Lauren Rosati at 804-643-6761 ext. 116 or

Ways to Support Domestic Violence Awareness Month #1

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. To celebrate, here are 31 ways for you to make a difference:

1. Encourage a young person close to you to visit a local DV shelter to learn more about interpersonal violence.

In Richmond, VA:  The YWCA,  In Henrico CountySafe Harbor,

A list of other shelters across the state:  Virginia Domestic Violence shelters

Domestic Violence shelters can provide you with information on how to get involved in advocacy, provide you with information on prevention and risk reduction to share, and may be able to bring a presentation to your agency.  Most shelters have volunteer programs that train you to answer hotlines and provide community outreach.

Help end violence against women, men, children, everyone by serving at your local anti-violence agency.

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