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 trvam_social_media_posthe 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!
  2. Use the hashtags #loveempowers and #rvamunc, and direct people to safe.unc.edu. This helps us share information about positive relationships!

Observe RVAM by learning healthy relationships

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, or support others in their relationships this course is for you!

This course was developed at UNC for undergraduate and graduate students, and is a great way to observe RVAM! 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:

  • 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

These modules were developed as a collaboration between the LGBTQ Center and Student Wellness at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Thanks to Student Government’s Student Safety and Security Committee for funding the development in Spring 2013.

Contact Terri Phoenix for more info.

 

Love Empowers Installation

Kick off RVAM with Heels United! We’ll be in SASB Courtyard Friday, October 4 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. handing out information about RVAM, healthy relationships, and campus resources. Hosted by Heels United and the EOC Office

 

HAVEN Skills Training for Staff and Faculty

Monday, October 7 from 9am-12pm in SASB North Upendo 1118.
HAVEN (Helping Advocates for Violence Ending Now) provides students, faculty, staff, and postdoctoral 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.

After successfully completing the HAVEN training, participants will receive a placard that can be displayed on their office door, residence hall room door, laptop, or backpack. This visibility of trained community members helps send a message to the campus that our community cares!

Register at https://safe.unc.edu/create-change/training-education/haven-training-registration/.

Hosted by the EOC Office, Carolina Women’s Center, Office of the Dean of Students, and Student Wellness.

 

RVAM Tuesdays in the Pit

Join Carolina Women’s Center and Compass Center in the Pit on Tuesdays in October! We’ll have information about RVAM events, handouts on healthy relationships and campus resources, and treats and activities!

Tuesday, October 8 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Pit
Tuesday, October 15 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Pit
Tuesday, October 22 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Pit
Tuesday, October 29 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Pit

Hosted by Carolina Women’s Center and Compass Center for Women and Families

 

Do’s and Donuts of Healthy Relationships

Join hha! Tuesday, October 8 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. for free donuts and activities on healthy relationships. Hosted by hha!

 

Self-Compassion Workshop for Survivors and Allies

Tuesday, October 8 in the Union room 2423. Join us for an interactive workshop on self-compassion to learn and practice emotional resilience skills.

 

Healthy Relationships Workshop

Thursday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m. in Union room 2423
Tuesday, October 22 at 6:30 p.m. in Union room 2423

UNC healthy heels ambassadors (hha!) educate, support, and provide workshops on the topics of health, wellness, and violence prevention to inspire change towards a more compassionate and inclusive campus. The Healthy Relationships Workshop discusses characteristics of healthy relationships, offers skills to help you understand your wants, needs, and boundaries in relationships, and teaches communication strategies to improve relationships. We recommend this workshop for individuals who wish to better understand themselves and their relationships with family, friends, and loved ones. Hosted by hha!, Feminism For All, and the Campus Y

 

National Coming Out Day

Join UNC LGBTQ Center in the Pit on Friday, October 11 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. as they celebrate National Coming Out Day! Hosted by UNC LGBTQ Center

 

Passion for Purple

Ellis Family Law requests the pleasure of your company on Thursday, October 17 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the NC Botanical Gardens for  Passion for Purple, an annual cocktail party in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It will be a fun evening of great food, a silent auction, and music by Jo Gore. All proceeds from the event will benefit Compass Center and their essential domestic violence crisis services.

Learn more and purchase tickets at https://compassctr.org/passion-for-purple-2019/.

Hosted by Ellis Family Law and Compass Center for Women and Families

 

Red Zone Town Hall

Join Student Government Monday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m. in Genome 100 for a Town Hall centered around the Red Zone, which is the time between the start of fall semester and Thanksgiving when most sexual assaults on college campuses occur. At the event, we will go over AAU Campus Climate Survey data on campus sexual assault, allow students to talk to administrators about concerns, discuss campus resources, and talk about what we do in the wake of incidents of gender-based violence.

Hosted by Student Safety and Wellness Committee of Student Government

 

HAVEN Skills Training for Students

Tuesday, October 22 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. in Bondurant Hall G030. HAVEN (Helping Advocates for Violence Ending Now) provides students, faculty, staff, and postdoctoral 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.

After successfully completing the HAVEN training, participants will receive a placard that can be displayed on their office door, residence hall room door, laptop, or backpack. This visibility of trained community members helps send a message to the campus that our community cares!

Register at https://safe.unc.edu/create-change/training-education/haven-training-registration/.

Hosted by the EOC Office, Carolina Women’s Center, Office of the Dean of Students, and Student Wellness.

 

Raise the Bar Outreach

Raise the Bar volunteers will outreach to bar establishments on Main Street in Carrboro and on Franklin and Rosemary Streets in Chapel Hill on Tuesday, October 29 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.. Our outreach consists of disseminating general information about drug-facilitated sexual assault (DFSA) and inviting bars to schedule a bystander intervention training for their staff. We will also ask staff for permission to post related flyers in the bathrooms of each establishment we visit.

All interested students, graduate students, staff, faculty, and community members are welcome to sign up to volunteer. Volunteers will receive a 90-minute training session and a t-shirt for their time! Sign up at https://studentwellness.unc.edu/programs/violence-prevention/raise-bar/sign-volunteer-raise-bar-outreach.

Hosted by Student Wellness, Carolina Women’s Center, Town of Chapel Hill, and Chapel Hill Police Department.

 

Join the Coalition Against Violence

Wednesday, October 30 at 6:30 p.m. in Union room 2420. The 2019 AAU campus climate survey results were released before Fall Break and demonstrate what many people on campus already knew to be true: sexual violence is widespread, common, and can impact anyone regardless of their gender identity. We are inviting you to join the Coalition Against Violence (CAV), which aims to be the hub of student’s mobilization and organizing against violence on campus. Please fill out this Google Form to RSVP, or indicate your interest if you cannot make it to the meeting. Collaboration is powerful. Join us as we create a campus that is free of violence– together.

 

Scrunchie Sale in the Pit

Stop by the Pit on October 31st from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. for a scrunchie sale hosted by Carolina Advocates for Gender Equity (CAGE). Proceeds will go to CAGE and The Compass Center.

 

Benefit Night at Purple Bowl

Stop by Purple Bowl at any time on November 1st. When you mention Carolina Advocates for Gender Equity (CAGE), 10% of your purchase will go towards CAGE and the Orange County Rape Crisis Center.