October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month!

The following events will be held on grounds and in the community:

Monday, October 17

8 pm Maury 209

Understanding Masculinity: Engaging Men and Boys in Preventing Gender-Based Violence

What are the appropriate roles that men can play in the struggle against gender violence?  What is primary prevention and how is it different from other kinds of prevention?  How does social justice connect to this issue? Neil Irvin is a nationally recognized anti-gender violence activist who has worked with young men and adults as Executive Director of Men Can Stop Rape in Washington, DC.  Sponsored by: UVA Women’s Center Sexual & Domestic Violence Services and Men’s Leadership Project, Office of the Dean of Students, University Judiciary Committee, Athletics Department, the Office for Diversity and Equity and Office of African American Affairs.

Tuesday, Oct 18

7 pm, Minor Hall 125

“What are my options?” Everything you wanted to know about UVA’s new Sexual Misconduct Policies

Get the details of how UVA’s policies have changed and what that means for students. Panelists include representatives from the VP for Student Affairs, Office of the Dean of Students, Women’s Center, and UJC. Sponsored by UJC Sexual Assault Subcommittee, ODOS, VP for Student Affairs, SALC and the Women’s Center

Wednesday, Oct 19

7 pm, Newcomb Hall Commonwealth Room

What’s Race Got to Do With It? The intersection of Race, Gender, and Domestic Violence

Discussion led by Lisa Speidel, Ph.D., Kristina Chapman, Multicultural Education Facilitator and Siddhant Das, Multicultural Education Facilitator.

Sponsored by the UVA Women’s Center

Thursday, October 20

7 pm in Clark 108

Survivor Support Network Training

All students are invited to gain basic understanding of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking and child sexual abuse, learn about local resources, how to appropriately support survivors and help them get the assistance that they need.

Sponsored by the UVA Women’s Center and SAFE.

Monday and Tuesday October 24 and 25

Red Flag Campaign on the Lawn

So you think those little red flags have something to do with gas lines or plumbing? Think again.  Check out the website address printed on the flags and learn more about abusive and healthy relationships.

Sponsored by the UVA Women’s Center and SALC

Tuesday, October 25

7 pm Newcomb Hall Kaleidoscope Room

Stalking: What is it and what can I do about it?

The new sexual misconduct policy includes stalking behavior.  But do you know what it is? What are some safety strategies to use in the case one is being stalked?  What legal protections are available? Maggie Cullinan, Victim Witness Assistance Coordinator for the City of Charlottesville, Julianne Koch, Assistant Victim Witness Coordinator, and Nicole Eramo, Associate Dean of Students, will provide the details of what stalking is, suggest safety measures, and resources for victims.

Sponsored by the UVA Women’s Center and SALC

Wednesday, October 26

7 pm, Commonwealth Room

“Even Superwomen Struggle”

Kate Loring’s daughter, Claire, was an empowered, feminist activist at Old Dominion University who adored Xena and She-Ra.  Then Claire broke up with her abusive boyfriend, and Kate got the call every parent dreads.

Sponsored by the UVA Women’s Center

Thursday, October 27

7pm, Newcomb Hall, Commonwealth Room

Is Gender Violence Only a Heterosexual Problem?

Explore the characteristic forms of violence when sexuality and gender violence intersect.

Speaker TBA. Sponsored by the UVA Women’s Center and SALC

Friday, October 28

6:30 pm Location TBA

STAND UP Against Violence

Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Inc. commemorates this month every year to help educate the UVa and Charlottesville communities about the various impact of domestic violence. This year, Sigma Psi Zeta is hosting the 2nd Annual “STAND UP Against Violence” Competition, an event that allows organizations, groups, and even individuals to showcase their support for the cause through any kind of performance of their choosing (dancing, singing, spoken word, etc.). The winner will be the group or individual who most creatively displays their support for the cause through their performance. First place earns a cash prize of up to $200. Second and third place winners may also receive a cash prize. Participation is open to the entire university!

If your group is interested in “standing up against violence” with us by participating in our event (and interested in having a chance of earning $200!) then please fill out this registration form by Sunday Oct. 9th, 11:59pm. Please contact Esther Na (nn4u@virginia.edu) if you have any questions or concerns – we look forward to seeing all the talent and support that you will bring to this event!

Community events:

Each Wednesday in October, the Shelter for Help in Emergency offers a brown-bag lunch speaker on issues surrounding domestic violence.  For information, call 434-296-4676.

5K “Run for Shelter”–Held on the first Saturday in November on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, this fundraising and awareness event draws 200-300 dedicated runners and supporters of the Shelter.  After the 8:00 am race finishes, all runners are welcome to stay for a chance to win one of many, many grab bag prizes donated by area businesses.  This is always a fun and successful event thanks to many generous businesses and volunteers.  Click here to download registration form (in .pdf format). Or visit http://bit.ly/Shelter5K for more information or to register online.

For more information, please visit: http://uvawccal.wordpress.com/2011/10/12/domestic-violence-awarness-month-events/