SIU commemorates Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October


September 30, 2021

SIU commemorates Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. – “# Every1KnowsSome1” is the theme for Commemorating Domestic Violence Awareness Month at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in October.

A variety of events are designed to raise awareness on the issue to educate people and work to break the cycle of domestic violence, the organizers said. One in three women and one in four men experiences domestic violence at some point in their life, according to the National Council Against Domestic Violence. Domestic violence also affects their families and friends.

“In October, as part of our efforts to become a more inclusive and supportive institution, we will host events and activities to raise awareness of domestic violence and educate people about ways to address the problem and help resolve the problem. “Said Paul Frazier, Vice Chancellor for Justice, Diversity and Inclusion.

The kick-off is Friday

A month-long commemoration begins with a free lunch that is open to all. Lunch, which will be held in the Cambria Room of the Student Center on Friday October 1st, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., is a joint campus event that marks the beginning of the Domestic Violence and LGBTQ + Awareness Month. History month marked.

Co-sponsors include the Women’s Resource Center and the Rainbow Café.

Everyone is encouraged to wear purple on Friday to support domestic violence survivors and unite for an end to abusive relationships. Participants wearing purple are encouraged to post online and tag the Women’s Resource Center.

Discussion, Take Back the Night and memorial ceremony

“The Secrets We Keep” is a special round table discussion highlighting the issue of domestic violence within Black, Latino and LGBTQ + communities. It is scheduled for October 14th at 12 noon in the Studentenwerk, rooms 150/160.

SIU is hosting its first Take Back the Night event from 7pm to 9pm on October 20th at the Student Center, Ballroom D. Survivors will have the opportunity to share their stories and receive community support.

On October 25th at 6 p.m. there will be a special candlelight vigil at 6 p.m. in the Becker Pavilion on campus to commemorate the many people who have lost their lives through domestic violence.

Ongoing awareness projects

The Clothesline Project starts on Monday, October 4th, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Faner Plaza. Domestic violence survivors and their allies are invited to create and publish their survival and support stories, pictured and written on clothing and displayed for all to see. The project ends on October 26th at 11 a.m. at Faner Plaza.

Enrolled student organizations on campus also have an opportunity to show their support by entering a domestic violence awareness competition. Prizes will be given to the RSO that participates the most in events during the month and the RSO that does best to raise awareness of domestic violence and the activities of the SIU during the month.

Free and open to everyone

All events with the exception of the Sexual Healing Workout sessions are free and public. One session for students is scheduled for October 10th, and another for faculty and staff on October 17th.

For the full schedule and additional information, visit the Women’s Resource Center website at Also follow the center on social media to find out more:

  • Instagram – wrc.siu.
  • Facebook – @SIUWomensResourceCenter.

If you have any questions, please contact Bethany Peppers at 618-453-4281 or [email protected]

SIU is committed to protecting the community, so anyone attending Domestic Violence Awareness Month events must follow current campus and state safety protocols and wear masks indoors.

DVAM sponsors are the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Justice and Inclusion, including the Women’s Resource Center, the Office of Student Affairs, Student Affairs and Student Health Services, Recreational Sports and Services, the LGBTQ + Resource Center, SIU Sustainability, the Women’s Center, Wellness and health promotion services and sacred space for women.


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