October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and there are lots of ways to get involved on campus, spread awareness, and learn how to help people in your life.
The Women’s Resource Center at the University of Illinois is partnering with Courage Connection, the local hotline and support system for victims of domestic violence, to bring a range of activities to campus.
On Tuesday, October 17th at 7pm in Gregory Hall Room 112, CBS Chicago weekend host, Julie DiCaro is giving a talk titled Taking a Stand Against Domestic Violence Online and On the Street. She is the keynote speaker for the month, and this will be a great chance to hear from someone dedicated to the cause.
On Monday, October 23 in the Women’s Resource Center (located on the second floor of the Kaplan Testing Center building on Green Street) is hosting two events:
Dish It Up • “DV and the Law: Reflections from a Court Advocate” from 12:00–1:00 pm and
Hot Topics • The Abuse to Prison Pipeline from 7:00–9:00 pm
The Women’s Resource Center is welcoming to all genders, not just women. Men can attend any events at the Women’s Resource Center, but on Wednesday, October 25 at 6pm, they are hosting “ManTalks | Men of Color, Mental Health, and Masculinity” This is a great chance for men to talk about masculinity and their identities.
Another notable event is the Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month Candlelight Vigil on Thursday, October 26 at 6:00–8:00 pm by the Alma Mater. Show your support of survivors, and mark yourself as an ally by coming out to the vigil.
This is only a sampling of the numerous events this month, check out the Women’s Resource Center or https://oiir.illinois.edu/womens-center/wrc-events/domestic-violence-awareness-month for more.
Lastly, if you or someone you know is in an abusive or potentially abusive situation, call (217) 384-4444 for Rape Advocacy, Counseling & Education Services (R.A.C.E.S.), a 24 hour hotline for sexual assault survivors, or call Domestic Violence Hotline (217) 384-4390 or (877) 384-4390 Courage Connection’s Domestic Violence Hotline.