Taking a stand against domestic violence

In correlation with the National Week of Action theme, faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to sign up to take a stand against domestic and intimate partner violence- literally! Symbolic of our refusal to be passive bystanders of intimate partner violence in our community, we will have at least one person “taking a stand” in A. Lincoln Commons from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Participants can sign up for a time slot that fits your schedule here. Share a message of your commitment to taking a stand against domestic violence using #TakeAStand.

DVAM Week of Action

This week is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month Week of Action! SAVE Taskforce and the Feminist Activist Coalition will have programming throughout the week and would love your participation! Throughout the week, we encourage everyone to post about their participation in DVAM Week of Action events with the hashtag #TakeAStand

Week-long Activities:

Feminist Activist Coalition will be sponsoring a used cell phone drive throughout the week and sending the cell phones to a domestic violence resource center. Wireless phones offer a lifeline for those effected by domestic violence, providing a way to dial 911 without needing their personal phone. Collection boxes for old, used phones will be in Student Life and Advising, Counseling, and Career Services.

Write Witness…to Stories of Love, Loss, Healing, Help, Pain, and Promise. LLCC’s Writing Center is celebrating the National Day on Writing in connection with Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Visit the Center anytime during the week and contribute a response to the display, or post your reply on the Writing Center Facebook page.

Monday, Oct. 17 – Pledge Day
As members of the LLCC community, pledge to use your education, experiences, and voices to speak out against intimate partner violence. Sign the pledge and post on social media about why you took the pledge or the steps you will take to live up to your pledge. Remember, use #TakeAStand to be a part of the national conversation on ending domestic violence! Continue reading

DVAM Week of Action (and Jeans Day!)

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month Week of Action is next week, Oct. 17-21. SAVE Taskforce and the Feminist Activist Coalition will have programming throughout the week and would love your participation! Throughout the week, we encourage everyone to post about their participation in DVAM Week of Action events with the hashtag #TakeAStand

Week-long Activities:

Feminist Activist Coalition will be sponsoring a used cell phone drive throughout the week and sending the cell phones to a domestic violence resource center. Wireless phones offer a lifeline for those effected by domestic violence, providing a way to dial 911 without needing their personal phone. Collection boxes for old, used phones will be in Student Life and Advising, Counseling, and Career Services.

Write Witness…to Stories of Love, Loss, Healing, Help, Pain, and Promise. LLCC’s Writing Center is celebrating the National Day on Writing in connection with Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Visit the Center anytime during the week and contribute a response to the display, or post your reply on the Writing Center Facebook page.

Monday, Oct. 17 – Pledge Day
As members of the LLCC community, pledge to use your education, experiences, and voices to speak out against intimate partner violence. Sign the pledge and post on social media about why you took the pledge or the steps you will take to live up to your pledge. Remember, use #TakeAStand to be a part of the national conversation on ending domestic violence!

Tuesday, Oct. 18 – Take a Stand
In correlation with the National Week of Action theme, faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to sign up to take a stand against domestic and intimate partner violence- literally! Symbolic of our refusal to be passive bystanders of intimate partner violence in our community, we will have at least one person “taking a stand” in A. Lincoln Commons from 8:00AM-5:00PM. Participants can sign up for a time slot that fits your schedule here. Share a message of your commitment to taking a stand against domestic violence using #TakeAStand.

Wednesday, Oct.19 – Paper Cranes for Healing the Violence
Send a message of support with this activity focused on representing the healing and good fortune we wish to send survivors and their loved ones. Stop by A. Lincoln Commons throughout the day to make paper cranes out of recycled paper. The cranes will be hung around the Commons and be used for future events.

Thursday, Oct. 20 – Purple Thursday
Those committed to ending domestic violence around the country will be wearing purple on this day to bring awareness to the topic. Wear your purple and bring your $5 to the Student Life Office to participate in the Feminist Activist Coalition’s Jeans Day benefiting Sojourn Shelter and Services, a local domestic violence resource center.

Domestic Violence Prevalence and Awareness

While awareness of intimate partner violence is growing, the topic continues to be viewed by many as taboo. Awareness of just how prevalent domestic violence is an important step toward rousing support and action for widespread change and prevention.

National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey data reports that on average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in the US. This means that over the course of LLCC’s 2016-17 academic year, 9,123,840 women and men will experience domestic violence. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men are the victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner violence at some point in their lifetime.

Despite its prevalence, the patterns of domestic violence are not fully understood by many bystanders. A 2006 survey reports that approximately 2/3 of Americans say it is hard to determine whether someone has been a victim of domestic abuse. Moreover, more than 90% of Americans fail to define repeated emotional, verbal, sexual abuse and controlling behaviors as patterns of domestic violence and abuse. In this same survey, more than half of Americans (54%) say they may have been in situations where they believed domestic violence had occurred, but they didn’t act because they were uncertain and didn’t know what to do. Without awareness of the pervasiveness of intimate partner violence and its signs, victims and bystanders struggle to fight against the patterns of abuse that millions experience every year.

Throughout the month of October, look for our “See the Signs” campaign. Posters around campus, made by Thom Whalen’s graphic design students, display different signs that bystanders may notice in a loved one who is a victim of domestic violence. Through education and observation, we can be a part of the change.

For more information on domestic violence and resources for help, visit LLCC’s Sexual Violence Resources Webpage.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month began in 1981 with a “Day of Unity.” In 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed. Since its beginning, domestic violence awareness has focused on three common themes:

  • Mourning those who have died because of domestic violence
  • Celebrating those who have survived
  • Connecting those who work to end violence

The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence states that nearly 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men in the United States have suffered severe physical violence by an intimate partner; however, domestic violence typically involves more than physical violence. Victims often suffer cycles of violence that include psychological, sexual, and financial abuse. Domestic abuse can happen in all kinds of relationships and has extreme effects on victims, children, and our community. Throughout the month of October, SAVE Taskforce is leading an awareness campaign called “See the Signs, Take a Stand.” Staff and faculty are encouraged to look for posters on campus, designed by graphic arts students, that display the signs of intimate partner violence to watch for, incorporate the theme into the classroom, and take a stand against domestic violence. For more information about the prevalence and effects of intimate partner violence and what you can do to help, see the weekly LincIn posts to follow and visit LLCC’s Sexual Violence Resources website.