October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic Violence affects the lives and compromises the safety of thousands of New York State employees each day. According to the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (NYS OPDV), one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in seven men will experience severe physical violence by an intimate partner. The NYS OPDV encourages all employees to help “Shine the light on domestic violence” by wearing purple on Wednesday, October 17.
Stony Brook University is committed to creating a healthy community and safe workplace. The Center for Prevention and Outreach (CPO) will hold its annual Take a Stand/Walk with Me domestic violence awareness event on Wednesday, October 17, during Campus Lifetime (1 pm to 2:30 pm). The event will consist of a march led by the Spirit of Stony Brook Marching Band that will start in the SAC Plaza at 1 pm and last 30 to 40 minutes, and then the event will move into the SAC Auditorium, where there will be an information fair, a performance by Swallow This!, interactive elements, giveaways and remarks from the Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk and the Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic Violence. All faculty and staff are invited to march with in support of victims and survivors everywhere.
As recognized figures and respected role models, Stony Brook University professionals have a tremendous impact on the engagement of individual students and groups on campus. With this in mind, please join CPO, the Stony Brook Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and the Stony Brook West Campus Human Resource Services department in showing that you care. Our community is stronger when we stand together for what we believe in. Take a stand and walk on October 17. Your presence will make a difference.
For more information about this event contact: Christine Szaraz, Prevention and Outreach Counselor, at 632-1602.
For additional information on domestic violence, see the links below:
Center for Prevention and Outreach