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SBU Gears Up for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Domestic-ViolenceAs part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month this October, Stony Brook University is hosting a number of events as part of “Shine the Light on Domestic Violence,” a statewide campaign that connects communities with the common goal of ending domestic violence.

The Center for Prevention and Outreach (CPO) at Stony Brook will host its annual “Take a Stand/Walk with Me” Domestic Violence Awareness event on Wednesday, October 28, starting at the Student Activities Center (SAC) Plaza and proceeding around the Academic Mall. The march — led by Wolfie and the Spirit of Stony Brook Drum Corps — will start at approximately 1:05 pm and last about 25 to 30 minutes, followed by a rally and information fair in the SAC Auditorium. At the fair, various campus and community resources will be featured at information tables, and Swallow This, Stony Brook’s prevention through the arts peer educators, will perform. Quilt squares created by survivors of sexual violence and their allies will be on display, and event participants can express messages of support for those impacted by all forms of interpersonal violence by signing a banner.

Domestic violenceFaculty, staff and students are encouraged to wear purple, the symbolic color for domestic violence awareness, and join the march and rally on October 28. The lights on the Charles B. Wang Center pagoda will turn purple from October 21 to October 28 “Our community is stronger when we stand together for what we believe in, and we hope that all members of the campus community will take a stand and walk with us on October 28,” said CPO Counselor Christine Szaraz.

For more information about “Take a Stand/Walk with Me” or the events listed below, please email Christine at christine.szaraz@stonybrook.edu or call (631) 632-1602.

Other events include:

Tuesday, October 20
VIP Workshop: College Students and Dating Violence, 3 pm, CPO Lounge (Stony Brook Union, Room 221)
Learn more about the prevalence and impact of dating violence (also known as domestic violence, relationship violence and intimate partner violence) among college students.

Wednesday, October 21
VIP Workshop: DV/IVP and LGBTQ Communities, 1 pm, Roth SSO Center, Room 103
Join John Martin from Stony Brook’s LGBTQ Services to learn more about the prevalence and impact of dating violence among LGBTQ communities.

Thursday, October 22
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) will have a Domestic Violence Information Table at Stony Brook University Hospital, 8 am to 3 pm.

Friday, October 23
VIP Committee, 3 pm, CPO Lounge (Stony Brook Union, Room 221)
CPO VIP interns will discuss the role that peers play in creating and reinforcing a culture in which violence is not tolerated.

Saturday, October 24
Green Dot Bystander Intervention Training, 9:30 am, HDV/GLS Center Multipurpose Room (registration required)
Green Dot is a strategy for preventing forms of power-based personal violence, such as rape and sexual assault, relationship violence, harassment and stalking. Participants in the Green Dot bystander intervention training learn how to recognize risky or potentially violent situations and practice skills and strategies for intervening to address what’s happening and prevent violence before it occurs.

Monday, October 26
EAP will have a Domestic Violence Information Table at the Long Island State Veterans Home, 8 am to 12 pm.

Wednesday, October 28
Take a Stand/Walk with Me, 1 pm, SAC Plaza (see above for details)

Thursday, October 29
VIP Workshop: Seawolves for Survivors, 3 pm, CPO Lounge (Stony Brook Union, Room 221)
Learn more about the impact and experience of trauma on those who have experienced sexual violence, campus and community resources and how you can support survivors.

Friday, October 30
VIP Committee, 3 pm, CPO Lounge (Stony Brook Union, Room 221)
Join Guest Samantha Winter, Campus Complaint Navigator/Advocate

Resources
The University is committed to creating a healthy community and safe workplace. The Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action – Title IX prohibits discrimination in all forms, including sexual violence and/or harassment. If you have a question or concern about domestic violence as an employee, please reach out to EAP at (631) 632-6085 or eap@stonybrook.edu. If you are a student, please contact CPO at (631) 632-2748.

For additional information on domestic violence, see the links below:

Center for Prevention and Outreach Website

Counseling and Psychological Services Website

Employee Assistance Program Website

In addition, community resources include:

The New York State Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline: 800-942-6906, which provides information and help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Locally, through its hotline, the Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk (VIBS) provides telephone counseling, information, referrals and access to Emergency Room Companions and SANE Centers. Call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: (631) 360-3606 (TTC available for deaf and hearing-impaired clients) or email the hotline at hotline@vibs.org.

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