Nationally, October is recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  It was established to recognize victims who are affected by relationship violence and connect them to resources, to educate the general public about the realities of violence within romantic relationships; and to de-stigmatize conversations about relationship violence.

The WGAC has rephrased “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” to “Relationship Violence Awareness Month”, as we believe the term more so reflects experiences of young adults who experience violence outside of a domestic and/or marital framework. During the month, we work with campus partners to bring awareness to dating/relationship violence and educate on the different ways we can help end it. Our primary focus is on cultivating healthy relationships. We do this by providing students with tips and tools on how to manage, and find recourse if they or somebody they know is in an unhealthy relationship.

Follow the link to our Events Calendar to view upcoming programs or events relating to relationship violence.

Events

Healing in Nature Support Group

Saturday, October 5th – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm | Location by RSVP
Participants will learn and practice mindfulness techniques by grounding in their 5 senses. This all day workshop will be spent moving along a paved path beside the Poudre River (approx. 4.5 miles). Interested individuals can contact wgac@colostate.edu to RSVP. #WhyIStayed

Secondary Survivors Workshop

Monday, October 7th – 5:30 – 8:30pm | Location by RSVP
This workshop is available for partners, family, and friends of gender-based violence survivors. In this workshop we’ll be covering how trauma affects the brain, how you can best support your loved one, and how vicarious trauma can impact support systems. Interested individuals can contact wgac@colostate.edu to RSVP.

Processing Relationship Violence Through Art

Tuesday, October 8th, Time 3:30 pm – 5:oo pm | Durrell Center, Seminar Room B
This workshop will include a discussion of trauma related to relationship violence including psychological abuse and gaslighting. Survivors will also have the opportunity to express their personal experiences and emotions through artistic means. #WhyIStayed

Plaza Day

Tuesday, October 15th 10:00 am – 3:00 pm | LSC Plaza
Check out this resource fair to learn more about our center, off-campus relationship violence resources, and take part in winning prizes! Drop in as you are able.

Make Your Cake and Have it Too

Thursday, October 17th, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm | Durrell Center, Meeting Room 2
Join Red Whistle Brigade in learning about the elements of a healthy relationship by discussing the ingredients and methods to bake a cake. Okay, so we won’t actually be making a cake, but cake will be available for participants to enjoy!

Finding the Right Words: Do’s, Don’ts, and Donuts

Monday, October 28th, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm |  Durrell Center, Seminar Room B
Having a healthy relationship is all about healthy communication, even when there’s conflict. Learn the do’s and don’ts for healthy communication while enjoying some donuts with Red Whistle Brigade. #WhyIStayed

Relationship Violence through a Social Media Lens

Wednesday, October 23rd, 5:00pm – 6:15pm | LSC 380
Social media is often a view into other people’s lives. Interpersonal violence is often thought to be restricted to physical or emotional abuse, however, this workshop will explore how violence can extend to the digital world as well.

Let’s Talk About It: Red Flag Green Flag

Wednesday, October 30th, 6:30 pm -7:30 pm | LSC 386
This interactive workshop will discuss green and red flags in relationships. Facilitators will define and give examples of both while allowing space for attendees to determine some of theirs.

Calendar of events for Relationship Violence Awareness Month 2019 in black text over purple, green, and blue watercolor background.

#WhyIStayed & Radical Self-Love: Inspired by Beverly Gooden’s relationship violence awareness raising hashtag and Sonya Renee Taylor’s The Body is Not an Apology, this workshop series is intended to provide spaces for primary and secondary survivors of relationship violence to cope and heal. Look for #WhyIStayed on the events above to see what events are a part of the series.