October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). The purpose of DVAM is to raise awareness and educate community members about domestic violence and the impact that it can have on individuals and communities. This year’s theme is “Sun Devils Band Together Against Domestic Violence” to show ASU’s solidarity with survivors and dedication to ending violence in our community.
Domestic violence prevention requires action from every member of our community. We’re calling on everyone to be a part of the solution by taking action during and beyond DVAM to create the cultural shift necessary to eliminate domestic violence once and for all. Let’s continue to create an ASU community where healthy relationships are encouraged and cultivated and equality and respect are the norms. While awareness about domestic violence is heightened this month, the conversation needs to continue long past October in order to create an environment where individuals can thrive.
How you can play a role
- Attend a Domestic Violence Awareness Month event
- Promote healthy relationships on social media using the hashtag #sundevilrelationshipgoals
- Encourage students to attend a Sun Devil Support Network Training to learn how to support survivors of violence
- Wear purple on Thursday, October 27, 2016 along with a sticker that says “Sun Devils Band Together Against Domestic Violence” — Request stickers for your department or organization
- Invite a peer educator to your class or organization to speak about sexual and/or domestic violence or healthy relationships (one-two week scheduling notice required)
Thank you for your dedication to ending violence and supporting survivors. If you or someone you know has experienced sexual or domestic violence, please reach out — you are not alone.