Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Candlelight Vigil in Memory of Emma Walker

Party With A  Purpose

Oak Ridge Candlelight Vigil

Social Media Kick-Off

Purple Ribbon Event

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Throughout the month of October, our community joined the YWCA for Domestic Violence Awareness Month by saying “We Believe You” to victims of domestic violence. Thank you to all who joined us! See below for all the awareness we spread, activities we did, and events we held!


Candlelight Vigil in Memory of Emma Walker
October 4, 2018

420 W Clinch Ave, Knoxville

Over 140 people gathered at the Downtown YWCA for a special evening honoring Emma Walker, Central High School student who was killed in 2016 and other domestic violence victims. The vigil began in the YWCA’s gymnasium with light refreshments, artwork from our support groups, and a moving performance from Central High School’s choir, Bobcat Company. The touching evening concluded at Krutch Park in Downtown Knoxville where the crowed listened in on words from Emma’s mother, Jill, and our Director of Social Services, Maggie McNally. Thank you to the Bearden Hill Starbucks and Rita’s Bakery  for their generous contributions! Click to see WBIR, WVLT, and WATEs coverage of the event


Party With A Purpose
October 5, 2018

124 S. Cruze Street, Knoxville

The East Knoxville community showed their support for our Party with a Purpose at the YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Center. This family awareness night included entertainment from Girls Rock and our Phyllis Wheatley drummers, a full cookout spread, and activities that aimed to raise awareness about domestic violence in a family-friendly environment. Thank you to Moxley Carmichael  for their continuous support and generous food sponsorship!


Pledge Purple Week
October 15-19, 2018

Knoxville & Oak Ridge

The YWCA teamed up with area schools and after school programs to promote “Pledge Purple Week,” educating and encouraging young people about domestic violence and the effects that it can have. Partnering schools joined in by wearing purple each day, spreading awareness on social media, reading domestic violence statistics daily, and pledging for a year without violence!


Oak Ridge Candlelight Vigil
October 18, 2018

1660 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge

Many gathered at our newly renovated YWCA Oak Ridge building for a candlelight vigil in honor of domestic violence victims and survivors. The poignant evening included words from: Oak Ridge Police Sergeant Shannah Newman; a domestic violence survivor; YWCA CEO, Alizza Punzalan-Randle; and YWCA Director of Social Services, Maggie McNally. The evening ended in a moment of silence led by Pastor Derrick Hammond.


Percentage Nights
October 2018

Local businesses and restaurants raised awareness all month long as they partnered with the YWCA and donated a percentage of their proceeds to YWCA domestic violence programs. A special thanks to all our generous partners!


Social Media Kick-Off
October 2018

All month-long community members joined in on social media by using #ThatsJustWrong to raise awareness. UTK’s Alpha Chi Omega sorority even painted the rock, sharing the hashtag to all those driving by! Check it out!


Purple Ribbon Event
October 2018

The YWCA covered downtown Knoxville and Jackson Square in Oak Ridge in purple ribbons beginning all October long. These bows helped raise awareness in neighborhoods or businesses and led passersby to resources if interested in learning more or seeking help. Keep your eyes peeled for October 2019’s ribbons!



We’d like to send a big shout out to our local media partners in spreading awareness: Star 102.1, Hot 104.5, Q 100.3, and 93.1 WNOX.

Special Thanks to Our Partners: Scripps Networks Broadcasting, Scripps Networks Interactive, and Moxley Carmichael.

For questions or how to get involved, contact Ally Johnson at the YWCA at or call 865-523-6126.