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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Join us this October in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), as we continue working toward ending dating and domestic violence. These conversations are imperative to creating and supporting a healthier and safer community for our students, and ourselves. In fact, more than half of people who have been physically abused, sexually abused, or stalked by a dating partner, first experienced abuse between the ages of 11 and 24.

What are "Relatable Relationships"? It's series of events where we explore a range of relationship experiences of members of the campus community with a particular focus on the unique needs and experiences of groups and individuals who are often left out of mainstream conversation about healthy, unhealthy, and abusive relationships. The WRC’s Relatable Relationships series was created based on feedback from students to support critical conversations, explore resources, and work to support a safe and supportive campus for everyone. We all have a role in creating safer and healthier communities. Join us in activities and events throughout the month to become involved in eliminating violence and abuse in our relationships, our homes and in our community! 


Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2019 Calendar

Tuesday, October 15

SASA Halloween Party: Costumes and Consent
7:00 pm | Women's Resources Center (616 E. Green Street, Suite 202)
Join SASA for a fun Holiday event where we wear fun costumes and talk about consent.

Thursday, October 17

JeNelle's Story
Noon-1:00 pm | Parkland College, D244
Listen to the story of a local woman that suffered through emotional, verbal and finical abuse.  JeNelle, will share her experience and tell how she was  able to overcome it . You will hear how her resilience and resourcefulness along with her support system helped her to persevere. Her story will highlight the dynamics of power and control and will help define the true effects of domestic violence.

Monday, October 21

Can I Use Your Microwave: Navigating Healthy Relationships & Boundaries with Roommates
7:00-8:00 pm | Allen Hall - South Rec Room
Join the Women's Resources Center and the Counseling Center staff in a conversation about healthy roommate relationships.

Tuesday, October 22

Me Too on Campus
7:00 pm | Women's Resources Center (616 E. Green Street, Suite 202)
Me Too on Campus is the event held every year to uplift survivors, and give their voices a chance to be heard. Students Against Sexual Assault (SASA) will accept anonymous submissions from Survivors, and then read those stories outloud as a way to give people a chance to share their story while still remaining safe.
Food for Thought Series: Cultivating Healthy Relationships and Empowering Survivors
Noon-1:00 pm | Asian American Cultural Center (1210 West Nevada Street, MC-149) 
Come join a presentation by Rape Advocacy, Counseling, and Education Services (R.A.C.E.S.) and the Women's Resources Center staff discussing the intersections of sexual and domestic violence within the context of Asian and Asian American survivors' experiences.
Holding Space for Latinx Survivors
7:00-8:00 pm | La Casa Cultural Latina (1203 West Nevada Street)
A Discussion of Challenges and Healing lead by students and staff from the Women's Resources Center in collaboration with La Casa Cultural Latina

Wednesday, October 23

Marking Feminine Power: Gender Equity & Moving Toward Collective Liberation
6:00-7:30 pm | Asian American Cultural Center (1210 West Nevada Street, MC-149) 
Poet and advocate Purvi Shah will lead an interactive workshop focused on the experiences of South Asian survivors of interpersonal violence. Drawing upon Miracle Marks (Northwestern University Press: 2019), her poetry collection on women, the sacred, and equity, the program will foster a space for students to hear about intimate violence, generate responses toward gender rights, and engage with movements toward gender equity which center communities of color.

Thursday, October 24

Healthy Relationships in Digital Time
Noon | La Casa Cultural Latina (1203 West Nevada Street)
Join the Counseling Center staff for Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the Lunch on Us series to discuss healthy relationships in today's digital world.
How Can I Help?
6:30-7:30 pm | Orchard Downs
A discussion of key concepts & strategies for supporting survivors of domestic violence.
But What IS Healthy?
1:30-2:30 pm | Women's Resources Center (616 E. Green Street, Suite 202)
Healthy, unhealthy, abuse? Join the Women's Resources Center in a discussion of terms used to talk about relationships in the US.


Friday, October 25

I Heart Healthy Relationships 
5:00-6:00 pm | Women's Resources Center (616 E. Green Street, Suite 202)
Peer facilitated interactive workshop about healthy relationships. Dinner provided!

Monday, October 28

The Role Power Plays in Domestic Violence
7:00 pm | Lincoln Hall Room 1051
Join the Counseling Center Paraprofessionals for Domestic Violence Awareness Month in discussing The Role Power Plays in Domestic Violence.

Tuesday, October 29

Well O' Ween
3:00-7:00 pm | ARC Winter Garden
Join various campus partners including: Campus Recreation, the Counseling Center, McKinley Health Center and the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations to discuss different forms of wellness on campus.
Dispelling Myths about Alcohol and Interpersonal Violence
6:00-7:00 pm | 1024 Lincoln Hall
Explore common myths about alcohol as it broadly relates to interpersonal violence (i.e. physical, emotional, financial, and sexual abuse, etc.). Participants will also discuss bystander interventions and explore themes related to consent and advocacy.

Sponsors: Coordinated with support from Parkland College, Courage Connection, Rape Advocacy, Counseling and Education Services, and the following units and organizations at Illinois: Asian American Cultural Center, Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, Campus Recreation, Counseling Center, Family & Graduate Housing, La Casa Cultural Latina, LGBT Resource Center, McKinley Health Center, OIIR-International Education, Students Against Sexual Assault, and University Housing-Unit One/Allen Hall. DVAM is paid for in part by the Student Cultural Programming Fee.

For more information or to get involved in Domestic Violence Awareness Month events, contact