October is Relationship Violence Awareness Month (RVAM). There are many ways that you can get involved at UNC-Chapel Hill to learn and share information about how love empowers! Check out the events and trainings below.

We’re also running a social media campaign throughout October. Here’s how you can help:

  1. Post this RVAM image on your social media accounts. It helps us get the word out about resources and the schedule of events for the month!rvam_social_media_post
  2. Take a photo of your hands in a heart shape and post it to any of your social media accounts. Write “My #loveempowers by (you fill in the blank!). #rvamunc” For example, “My #loveempowers by making my roommates feel heard.#rvamunc” Or, “My #loveempowers by encouraging my friends to follow their dreams. #rvamunc” This helps us share information about positive relationships!

Healthy Relationships Module - All Month Long!

Everyone Deserves a Safe and Healthy Relationship!

Want to learn more?  Looking for a professional development opportunity?

Click here to take a free online course about creating and sustaining healthy relationships.

While the information is applicable to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, these modules are centered on the experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Trans*, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, Two Spirit, and Same Gender Loving communities.

Whether you are looking to strengthen your own relationship skills, support others in their relationships, or increase your cultural competency—this course is for you!

This course was developed at UNC for undergraduate and graduate students, and is a great way to celebrate RVAM (Relationship Violence Awareness Month) this October. This course explores the unique challenges faced by people who are involved in same-sex relationships or where one or more person(s) identifies as transgender.

By completing the course, we hope that you will increase your:

  • understanding of identity, privilege, and systems of oppression
  • knowledge of characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships,
  • awareness of the characteristics you/ others may desire in a relationship or partner,
  • knowledge of conflict resolution skills,
  • awareness about interpersonal violence, and
  • knowledge of bystander and ally skills

Contact Kelli Raker (raker@email.unc.edu) or Terri Phoenix (tphoenix@email.unc.edu) for more info.

Compass Center DVAM Event - Tuesday, October 4 from 4-7 pm at The Crunkleton

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Compass Center has planned events for each week of the month starting with this festive event at The Crunkleton. Proceeds from all purchases of the Compass Center item will will be donated to Compass Center to help us continue providing self-sufficiency services to women and families. Please share with your friends and plan to attend and have a great time celebrating our work.

https://www.facebook.com/events/325593027801770/

Safe Zone Training - Wednesday, October 5 from 2-6 pm

The Safe Zone Ally program is a symbol of this University’s efforts to increase awareness and acceptance of the diverse gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. The Safe Zone training is a four-hour program open to all UNC-CH community members.

Sign up at https://lgbtq.unc.edu/programs-services/safe-zone/safe-zone-training-registration

One Act Training - Wednesday, October 5 from 5-9 pm

One Act is a four-hour training for Carolina students who are interested in preventing interpersonal violence. This training will give you the knowledge, skills, and confidence to recognize the early warning signs of interpersonal violence and take preventive action in your everyday life.

Sign up at https://studentwellness.unc.edu/our-services/violence-prevention/one-act/one-act-training-sign

Dos and Donuts of Healthy Relationships - Thursday, October 6 from 10 am-2 pm in the Pit

One Act will be discussing the Dos and Donuts of Healthy Relationships by discussing “What Makes a Relationship Sweet” with free donuts and a photo campaign!

Love Empowers - Thursday, October 6 from 11 am-1 pm in the Pit

As part of our promotional efforts the first week, the Heels United for a Safe Carolina campaign is working with the RVAM committee to hand out information/resource cards and buttons with the theme for the month “Love Empowers” and the safe.unc.edu website.

Ammunition for Change: Explaining the Surprising Adoption of Domestic Violence and Gun Control Policies Across the United States from 2009-2015 - Thursday, October 6 from 12-1 pm in Michael Hooker Research Center, room 3100

Gender-Based Violence Speaker: Sierra Smucker, MSc, PhD Candidate, Duke University

The availability of firearms continues to threaten the lives of American citizens on a daily basis. However, a persistent political narrative suggests that calls for policy change are futile; that any legislation at the national level will be killed by the powerful gun lobby; and because of our permissive gun laws, the United States will continue to have more gun violence than any other developed country in the world. While this narrative is supported by the failure of federal policies that regulate firearms, a significant number of state legislatures have passed gun reforms that protect women in abusive relationships. Since 2013, 18 states, including historically pro-gun states like Louisiana, Tennessee, and Washington, have passed new laws to protect victims of domestic violence from firearms. In a time of deep political polarization, particularly around the issue of firearms, why are some state legislators passing these policies while rejecting other types of gun control policies? Is the change we are seeing in DV and firearms policy evidence of a transformative change in American politics or is it an outlier? Using an in-depth case study approach, this study begins to unravel the puzzle of DV and firearms policy by investigating the passage of domestic violence and firearm policy at the state level.

Coffee Conversation on Relationship Violence - Tuesday, October 11 from 5:15-6:30 pm in Union room 2423

Campus Coffee Conversations is a monthly dialogue series hosted by the Carolina Women’s Center and UNC Men’s project. This month, we will be exploring how relationship and interpersonal violence affects our campus and community. The event will start off with a panel discussion including representatives from Student Wellness, Office of the Dean of Students, Carolina Women’s Center, and the Compass Center for Women and Families. Following the panel, participants will be invited to join in small group discussions.

Dos and Donuts of Checking In - Thursday, October 13 from 10 am-2 pm in the Pit

One Act will host a “Checking In” tabling event where you can learn how to ask your friends, family, and loved ones about a healthy or unhealthy relationship and grab a donut.

Film Screening and Panel Discussion: “Behind Closed Doors” - Thursday, October 13 at 6:30 pm (doors at 6 pm) at the Varsity Theatre

Compass Center for Women and Families is partnering with the Carolina Women’s Center and the Beacon Program to host a screening of the BBC documentary “Behind Closed Doors.” Learn more and view the trailer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07472y8.

The screening will begin at 6:30 pm, with doors opening at 6 pm. A panel discussion will follow.

Dos and Donuts of Self-Care - Monday, October 17 from 10 am-2 pm in the Pit

In the final Dos and Donuts event, One Act will be learning “How You Self Care” to foster intellectual, emotional, social, physical, and spiritual well-being in addition to enjoying some fresh donuts!

Escalation Workshop - Monday, October 17 from 7-8:30 pm in FPG Union Auditorium

One Act and Delta Advocates will be hosting and facilitating an Escalation film and workshop designed by the One Love Foundation to educate about relationship violence and empower individuals to understand the warning signs of violence and enact change. Following the film, Delta Advocates will lead breakout sessions to understand the various and multifaceted ways in which violence exists and how we can contribute to a safer Carolina community.

Meditation and Muffins - Tuesday, October 18 from 10 am - 2 pm in Union 3209

Meditation and Muffins is a CAPS-sponsored self-care event taking place in the Union on October 18 from 10-2. There will be resources from CAPS available and other ways to relieve stress such as practicing meditation, coloring, and enjoying some snacks! This space will be used as an open place for all to de-stress and enjoy different ways to relax!

HAVEN Training for Staff/Faculty - Wednesday, October 19 from 9 am-12 pm

HAVEN (Helping Advocates for Violence Ending Now) is a collaboration between the Equal Opportunity & Compliance Office, the Carolina Women’s Center, the Office of the Dean of Students, and Student Wellness. It provides students, faculty, staff and Post Doctoral Fellows with tools to be an ally to someone who has experienced sexual or interpersonal (relationship) violence or stalking. The three-hour training emphasizes the importance of listening, responding compassionately, and connecting survivors to resources on campus and in the community.

Sign up at http://safe.unc.edu/create-change/training-education/haven-training-registration/

Safetoberfest - Monday, October 24 from 1-4 pm at Granville Towers

Students will “trick-or-treat” their way around to the different stations, picking up candy and other treats as they interact with various organizations and offices.

Sport-based HIV prevention: Innovation and research on gender-based violence - Tuesday, October 25 from 12-1 pm in Rosenau Hall, Room 101

Jeff DeCelles, Technical Advisor of Curriculum & Research at Grassroot Soccer and DrPH student at UNC Department of Health Policy & Management

The Gender-based violence research group and Health Behavior Global Health Roundtable are organizing a guest speaker, Jeff DeCelles, from Grassroot Soccer (GRS). GRS is an international non-profit that develops and implements sport-based health programming for adolescent youth across sub-Saharan Africa. Jeff will be speaking about the organization’s innovative gender-based violence programming and research.

Panel Discussion with Attorneys - Wednesday, October 26 from 12-1 pm at UNC Law School, Room 5046

Join the Domestic Violence Action Project (DVAP) for a panel discussion with attorneys about Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in practice and in our communities.

Speak Out! Against IPV: Wednesday, October 26 from 7-9 pm in the Pit

After collecting anonymous testimonials on our SpeakOut! Blog, Project Dinah has organized a reading of these stories by their members in the Pit. The evening also includes acapella and spoken word performances, and the opportunity for anyone to speak out against sexual assault and interpersonal violence during the open mic.

Safetoberfest - Thursday, October 27 from 1-4 pm at SASB Plaza

Students will “trick-or-treat” their way around to the different stations, picking up candy and other treats as they interact with various organizations and offices.

Arts Night - Thursday, October 27 from 6-8 pm at Chapel Hill Library, Meeting Room A

Join Compass Center for Women and Families along with campus and community partners for an Arts Night, celebrating the end of DVAM. There will be music, spoken word, speakers, and a public art project. More details about performers to come!

HAVEN Training for Students - Thursday, October 27 from 6-9 pm

HAVEN (Helping Advocates for Violence Ending Now) is a collaboration between the Equal Opportunity & Compliance Office, the Carolina Women’s Center, the Office of the Dean of Students, and Student Wellness. It provides students, faculty, staff and Post Doctoral Fellows with tools to be an ally to someone who has experienced sexual or interpersonal (relationship) violence or stalking. The three-hour training emphasizes the importance of listening, responding compassionately, and connecting survivors to resources on campus and in the community.

Sign up at http://safe.unc.edu/create-change/training-education/haven-training-registration/

#ThatsNotLove Photo Campaign - Friday, October 28 from 10 am-2 pm outside Davis

Delta Advocates will be hosting a #ThatsNotLove photo campaign to empower individuals to know the difference between love and control in all forms of relationships such as romantic, friendship, or family. Check us out to obtain resources on campus and to advocate for violence awareness by taking a photo and sharing it on social media!

 

Feminist Friday: Relationship Violence within Communities of Color - Friday, October 28 from 5-6 pm in Dey Hall Room 305

Join CAGE (Carolina Advocating for Gender Equality) for a Feminist Friday to discuss relationship violence within Native American communities. The meeting will consist of a presentation from Dr. Amy Hertel, director of UNC’s American Indian Center, as well as comprehensive discussion on how relationship violence is manifested differently within other racial and cultural environments. More details to come!

DVAP Annual Costume Crawl 5k - Saturday, October 31 from 8-10 am at UNC Finley Golf Course