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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Research indicates that in one out of five college dating relationships contains abuse.  Many people don't speak out, and many don't even recognize the abuse.  What if you could be the one to "Say Something"?

What is Domestic Violence Awareness Month?

This nationally recognized event began in October 1987, alongside the launch of the first national toll-free hotline for victims and survivors. In 1989 Congress designated the month officially for the first time. During October, advocates, educators, survivors, and loved ones and community come together to raise awareness and learn more about domestic violence with the goal of ending abuse for all and for good. You can learn more about national campaign efforts and more through resources such as the National Domestic Violence Hotline

During October, the Women’s Center at Virginia Tech works with interns and volunteers as well as various campus and community partners to educate our community about topics like supporting survivors, local resources, bystander intervention, healthy relationships, and more. We know that domestic and dating violence occurs in our communities and happens to college students. To raise awareness of this point and increase our community's ability to recognize abuse among young people, we utilize the Red Flag Campaign. 

What is the Red Flag Campaign?

This campaign is a statewide public awareness effort aimed at stopping relationship violence on college campuses in Virginia. The goal of the campaign is to encourage us all to speak up when we see red flags (or warning signs for potential abusive or unhealthy behaviors) in our friends' relationships. The campaign was created by the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance and is being used to prevent relationship violence in 49 states.

How Can You Participate?

We will be hosting events and outreach virtually and in person to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month and educate our community through the Red Flag Campaign in fall 2021. 

Date Time Event Location
10/4/21 12:00pm Creating Supportive Communities: Empowering Survivors at Work Newman Library Multipurpose Room 
10/5/21 5:00pm - 7:00pm DVAM Outreach Table D2
10/6/21 7:00pm SAVES Open Presentation: Healthy Relationships Squires 232
10/7/21 7:00pm Love It, Like It, or Leave It: Healthy Relationships and Spotting Red Flags LGBTQ+ Resource Center
10/8/21 3:00pm Friday Flix: Happily Ever After & Healthy Relationships Women's Center Lower Level
10/11 - 10/14 8:00am - 5:00pm Clothesline Project: Tshirt Making Workshop Space Women's Center- Check In at Front Desk
10/12/21 9:00am - 5:00pm Clothesline Project Display College Ave.- Draper Road to Main Street
10/12/21 5:30pm Bringing In The Bystander Open Workshop Women's Center Lower Level
10/13/21 12:00pm - 2:00pm DVAM Outreach Table Owens
10/14/21 11:00am - 1:00pm DVAM Outreach Table D2
10/14/21 7:00pm SAVES Open Presentation: Healthy Relationships Squires Brush Mtn A
10/18/21 7:00pm SAVES Open Presentation: Helathy Relationships Squires 300 
10/19/21 5:00pm - 7:00pm DVAM Outreach - Power & Control Pritchard Hall
10/20/21 11:30am - 2:00pm DVAM Outreach - Power & Control D2
10/22/2021 3:30pm Winddown at the Women's Center GobblerConnect
SAVES Service Week
10/25/21 12:00-1:00pm Creating Supportive Communities: Empowering Survivors at Work Newman Library Multipurpose Room
10/25/21 5:00pm - 8:00pm Percentage Night: Women's Resource Center of the NRV UCB Panda Express 
10/26/21 5:00pm - 7:00pm DVAM Outreach - Consent & Coercion Lavery Plaza
10/26/21 7:00pm SAVES Open Presentation: Consent & Sexual Violence  Women's Center Lower Level
10/27/21 11:30am - 2:00pm DVAM Outreach - Consent & Coercion D2
10/28/21 12:00pm SVPC Reads: Virtual Book Club
Registration Required - Free copies of the book for the first 15 registrants!
10/27/21 5:00pm - 8:00pm Percentage Night: Women's Resource Center of the NRV UCB Panera
10/28/21 7:00pm After Care Package Making Squires Brush Mountain A
10/29/21 8:00pm - 10:00pm My Costume Is NOT Consent Outreach TBD Downtown: Moe's or Sharkey's
11/11/21 4:30pm Bringing In The Bystander Open Workshop Virtual

 Interested in focusing on Bystander skills related to relationship violence? Check out our Bringing In The Bystander program and request a workshop.

Want to have a conversation about topics like healthy relationships and boundaries with peers? Check out our SAVES peer educators and the presentations and discussions they offer.  

Interested in something longer than 30 mins. or tailored for a special audience? Contact to talk about what else the Women's Center can provide for you on this topic. 

If you have further question, contact Katie.

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