October Is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the Center for Prevention and Outreach (CPO) at Stony Brook University has put together a series of events to educate students about domestic and relationship violence and support for survivors.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the “Day of Unity” observed by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence in October 1981. The goal of this event was to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children, and the range of activities associated with the effort ultimately expanded to include events at the local, state and national levels.

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There are many ways to get involved this Domestic Violence Awareness Month. October 19 is Purple Thursday — wear purple to help raise awareness and show support for survivors of domestic violence. Walk in Stony Brook’s annual “Take a Stand/Walk with Me” October 25 on the SAC Plaza at 1 pm. Attend a “One Love” or “Green Dot” training to learn more about how to recognize and respond to intimate partner violence, or participate in a workshop to learn how to support someone who has experienced relationship violence in any form.

For more information, check out the Domestic Violence Awareness Month calendar of events.

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