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Oct 10

2nd Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month

2nd Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month Kickoff Event

By Nicole Mossbacher

On Thursday, October 5th, Georgian Court University’s EMPOWER Program hosted their second annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month Kickoff Event. In 2016, Georgian Court University was awarded a federal grant from the Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women to expand programs on campus related to issues surrounding domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking on campus. Community Partners from Providence House, Lakewood Police Department, Family Planning, Ocean County Department of Human Services, St. Francis Community Center, Ocean County Health Department, as well as Georgian Court University’s Counseling center, Health Center, and Campus Security participated in the event.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, honoring the survivors, those currently suffering, and those whose lives have been tragically lost due to domestic violence. According to the Centers for Disease Control (2013), 1 in 4 women (23.2%) and 1 in 7 men (13.9%) have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Moreover, across all states in the US, 29.3% to 56.2% of men and 36.6% to 57.2% of women have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

 

The CDC also estimates that 44% lesbians, 61% bisexual, and 37% of heterosexual women experience rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner. Conversely, 26% gay, 47% bisexual, and 29% of  heterosexual men also experience rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner.

 

If you or someone you know is affected by domestic or intimate partner violence, know that you are not alone and that GCU cares. There are confidential resources both on and off campus to help you through issues related to domestic violence or sexual assault. Don’t be afraid to speak up for yourself, a friend, a classmate, a colleague… for anyone. Through the EMPOWER grant, Providence House Domestic Violence Services is free, confidential, and on campus 3 days per week. They are located in Jeffries Hall 127. Stop by or give them a call at 732-987-2473.

 

 

 

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