Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) is an annual campaign to raise public awareness about domestic violence while supporting survivors and secondary survivors. It also gives us an opportunity to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent domestic violence. Domestic violence is a serious, preventable public health problem that affects millions of Americans.
This year we hope to educate the campus community about the different types of abuse, bring awareness to the campus community that violence happens and how to prevent violence, and build community by “listen, believe, refer.” Follow along with us this month to learn more about domestic violence, attend our events and spread the word across our campus community.
Month-long social media campaign
Follow along with our Peer Health Educators as they unpack the 8 types of abusive behaviors; physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional and verbal abuse, financial and economic abuse, psychological abuse, stalking, cultural and identity abuse, and digital and technological abuse. Follow our social media account @uofuwellness to learn more about the characteristics of each type of abuse and what you can do to be a bystander!
DVAM town hall: How men can stop violence on campus
Tuesday, Oct. 18 | 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month is an opportunity to have nuanced conversations about not only what violence looks like, but also what we can do as a community to stop violence. Oftentimes, men are excluded from these conversations despite having the expertise of their own experiences and the ways in which they have been impacted by the social norms that influence rape culture. In this town hall, we will explore the ways in which men can work towards stopping violence and the actionable steps we can all take to make our campus community a safer and more inclusive environment. Also, have the chance to chat with our campus partners and learn more about what they are doing to engage men and prevent violence on campus.
Coffee with cops
Wednesday, Oct. 19 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Come meet with University of Utah’s Police Department. Free coffee and donuts will be served. Quick rapport building and conversations to educate students to the resources that we have to provide on campus and that October is DVAM.