Take Action for Domestic Violence Awareness Month!

By Mari Vangen

It’s domestic violence awareness month! Time to stand up to inter-partner violence and abuse on your campus. Last week we talked about ways to take action as an individual – today we’ve put together 5 ways for you to get involved with your feminist campus group.

  1. Participate in Purple Thursday on October 20th! Every year advocates, survivors and supporters wear purple to stand in solidarity with victims of domestic violence and celebrate domestic violence awareness month. Get together with your campus group and wear purple (purple cupcakes are not a bad idea) and post a photo on social media with #PurpleThursday and #DVAM to join the movement.
  2. Organize a Drive or Fundraiser for a DV Shelter. Domestic violence is one of the leading causes of homelessness for families across the nation. Too often survivors are forced to choose between living in an abusive home and being homeless – shelters are unable to meet the demand. Your campus group can make a big difference for survivors by organizing a Thanksgiving Drive, a bake sale or another fundraising event and donating the proceeds to a local shelter.
  3. Host a Clothesline Event Project.  The Clothesline Project is a visual display where survivor-made shirts with messages representing particular experiences with violence are displayed publicly. To host one, have a shirt-making party and arrange for survivors who don’t want to decorate in-person to drop them off to you. Display the shirts on campus with counselors nearby to answer questions or assist survivors who are triggered.
  4. Take Action to Improve Your Schools Education Program. The Campus SaVE Act requires all universities and colleges to provide comprehensive sexual assault and dating violence prevention education for all students, staff, and faculty. Find out what department or official (Title IX coordinator) is developing the prevention education program and advocate for student involvement in the process. Work in coalition with other campus groups, student government, Greek Life, and professors to push for an hour-long in-person training with Q&A and encourage your administration to use successful prevention programs at UMD College Park and UC Berkeley as a model.
  5. Post the National Domestic Violence Hotline on Your Orgs Account (1-800-799-7233). It can difficult to know who to reach out to in a dating violence situation. Posting the National Domestic Violence Hotline is an easy way to spread the word about important resources.

For more resources check out our  handy campus toolkitTake A Stand This October

By Mari Vangen

Mari Vangen is a National Campus Organizer with the Feminist Majority Foundation. A proud Minnesotan, Mari loves her bike, watches Broad City religiously and is passionate about all things related to whales. [email protected]

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