The YWCA Darien/Norwalk wants residents to speak out against violence during the annual YWCA Week Without Violence, Oct. 17 to 23.

According to the Department of Justice, one in five teenagers and young women have been a victim of some form of dating violence and almost 189,000 victims of sexual assault and rape annually.

"We are looking at violence affecting the women and girls of this country on an epic scale," YWCA Interim Executive Director Nancy Coughlin said. "It is time to put a stop to the violence epidemic. We are saying `enough'."

To address and prevent violence in our community the YWCA is partnering with the Darien Domestic Violence Task Force and the Domestic Violence Crisis Center to hold events including a speaker on the topic "Self-Esteem: Safeguarding Youth from Bullying, Controlling and Abusive Relationships." For more informatuion, visit www.ywcadariennorwalk.org.

The YWCA Week Without Violenc is a nationwide annual campaign that highlights practical, sustainable alternatives to violence in homes, schools, workplaces and communities. To commemorate the 2010 YWCA Week Without Violenc, the YWCA USA is declaring "enough" to violence by providing comprehensive resources to millions of people around the country to help them eradicate violence from their lives. A grassroots initiative when it began in 1995, today the YWCA Week Without Violence is a global campaign involving women, men and children in hundreds of communities in the United States and in countries around the world.

If you or someone you know needs help or information about domestic violence, call the statewide toll-free confidential 24-hour hotline at 1-888-774-2900.

The YWCA Darien/Norwalk is a non-profit organization dedicated to giving women the support and tools they need to transform their lives, be confident in their choices and raise healthy families. The national YWCA mission is we are dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.