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Domestic Violence Awareness Month begins

September 30, 2013

dvam-ribbonDomestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the first Day of Unity observed in October of 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

The intent was to connect battered women’s advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became a special week when a range of activities were conducted at the local, state, and national levels.

These activities were as varied and diverse as the program sponsors but had common themes: mourning those who have died because of domestic violence, celebrating those who have survived, and connecting those who work to end violence.

In October of 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed and in 1989 the Domestic Violence Awareness Month Commemorative Legislation was passed by the U.S. Congress.

During the month of October, members of the NIU campus and DeKalb community will have an opportunity to gain knowledge about the dynamics of domestic violence and how it affects everyone. Victim Advocacy Services (VAS) of the Women’s Resource Center has coordinated the activities and efforts during Domestic Violence Awareness Month to enhance awareness, educate the campus, provide resources and rally the campus community together to take a stand against domestic violence.

Shana Stringfellow

Shana Stringfellow

“It is great to see all of the different departments, student organizations, and community partners come together around such an important issue that impacts us collectively,” said Shana Stringfellow, VAS coordinator.

“At NIU, people are dedicated to not only addressing the issue but are actively participating in ways to end domestic violence. By being knowledgeable about the events on campus and in our community, we are better able to support each other’s initiatives. Reaching from the campus into the community, we are all vested in ending Domestic Violence.”

“Through many of these initiatives, the NIU community speaks in one voice against domestic violence on our campus and in our community, that’s what Huskie Pride is all about. We stand together,” added Carrie Williams, assistant director of the Women’s Resource Center and VAS project director.

Below is a listing of events planned during Domestic Violence Awareness Month:

Operation Jungle Red

  • When: Oct. 1 to 31
  • Locations: HSC, Yordon Center, DuSable Hall, Diversity & Equity Centers
  • Host: Women’s Resource Center-Victim Advocacy Services


  • When: October 2013 to April 2014
  • Drop Box Location: Women’s Resource Center, 105 Normal Road
  • Time & Date: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Host: Women’s Resource Center-Victim Advocacy Services

Film poster for “Telling Amy’s Story”Telling Amy’s Story

  • When: Tuesday, Oct. 1
  • Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Location: Heritage Room, Holmes Student Center
  • Host: Women’s Resource Center-Victim Advocacy Services

Take Back the Night

  • When:  Wednesday, Oct. 2
  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Location: March begins at the MLK Commons
  • Host: Women’s Rights Alliance

Remember My Name Chili Cook Off

  • When: Thursday, Oct. 3
  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Location: Campus Recreation Multipurpose Court 7 & 8
  • Host: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated

Annual Domestic Violence Vigil

  • When: Monday, Oct. 7
  • Time: 6 p.m.
  • Location: First Congregational United Church of Christ (615 N. First St., DeKalb)
  • Host: Safe Passage

Invisible Scars: How Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Shape Lives

  • When:  Wednesday, Oct. 9
  • Time: 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Host: Transitions/LGBT Resource Center

For more information on programs and initiatives during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, call (815) 753-0320 or email [email protected].