UTSA Hosts Events for Domestic Violence Awareness Month | UTSA today | UTSA

Students parade on main campus as part of the Take Back the Night event.

OCTOBER 4, 2022 – UTSA raises awareness of the impact of domestic violence in October to commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Created in October 1987 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the month features events aimed at connecting advocates across the United States to end domestic violence while raising awareness. This year’s national theme is #WeAreResilient.

Throughout the month, UTSA and its PEACE center will host several events providing resources to the Roadrunner community. Topics range from helping each other and self-defense to healthy relationships, consent and how to end violence.

“The events organized by the PEACE Center provide important awareness of issues affecting our campus community and provide training for students, staff and faculty to become active bystanders in the fight against abuse,” said declared LT Robinsonfirst vice-rector for student affairs and dean of students.

The PEACE Center, established in 2018, is part of UTSA’s Sexual Violence Prevention and Support initiative to increase staff and resources needed to address sexual misconduct and provide advocacy services victims at UTSA.

Empty seat at the tablethroughout October

In the most poignant and visual way, this exhibition reveals the devastating results of violence against women and children and how domestic violence undeniably leaves an “empty place at the table”. The purpose of this exhibit is to honor the lives of San Antonio area and Bexar County victims who have died of domestic violence. It will also raise awareness of the problem and the impact of this crime on families and the community.

This exhibit will be on display throughout the month of October at the following food venues on UTSA’s main campus: the Roadrunner Café, the Student Union Food Court, and the JPL Food Court.

national evening6-8 p.m., Tuesday, October 4, Student Union Paseo

National Night Out is held along Student Union Paseo on the first Tuesday in October to promote campus safety. This year, the PEACE Center will be asking attendees to pledge not to use their hands to hit by placing a handprint on the Hands Are Not For Hitting banner that will be displayed at Take Back the Night.

Wellness Wednesdaysfrom 1 p.m. on Wednesdays, October 5, 12, 19 and 26, McKinney Humanities Portico

Join Wellbeing Services Peer Educators and the PEACE Center each Wednesday to learn more about the importance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Mental health wellness peer advocates and interns will hand out purple ribbons and provide information about healthy relationships and DVAM events throughout the month.

Introducing Green Dot Bystander1-2:30 p.m., Friday 7 and 28 October, virtual

Join the PEACE Center on Zoom for this interactive and engaging 90-minute overview introducing the basics of the Green Dot and the issues of power-based personal violence prevention. The training will help participants recognize behaviors that constitute red dots, reduce the possibility of red dots occurring by introducing green dot interventions, and recognize personal barriers to intervention.

Coffee and Consent Starting at 10 a.m., Tuesday, October 11, Student Union Willow Room (SU 2.02.12)

Enjoy a hot cup of coffee while the PEACE Center discusses consent and the consent contract.

The art of well-being 3-5 p.m., Wednesday October 12, Rec Wellness Center (RWC 1.806)

Looking for a safe space to create or decompress? Join Wellbeing Services and the PEACE Center to create posters for Take Back the Night. All supplies will be provided.

UTSA PD Self Defense Course5:50-7:40 p.m., Wednesday October 12, Rec Wellness Center Blue Studio (RWC 2.210)

Join the UTSA PD as officers teach participants simple self-defense moves and safety tips to protect themselves.

Restorative yoga with sound healingnoon, Tuesday October 18 and Thursday October 20, Rowdy Studio in Recreation Wellness Center.

Taking time for yourself to heal and take care of yourself is so important to your well-being. The event will also take place at 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday, October 25 and Thursday, October 27 at Rowdy Studio. Register on the Campus Rec website.

Take back the night6-8 p.m., Tuesday, October 18, Sombrilla Plaza

Join the PEACE Center and Wellness Services at Sombrilla Plaza for an evening of support for survivors and reaffirm your commitment to ending violence on campus. The evening will include an empowerment walk across campus, guest speakers, a campus and community resource fair, and an open microphone for survivors to speak out against the violence they have experienced. Additionally, a new exhibit on domestic violence will be revealed before the survivor speaks out.

Campus Rec Center Pound Class, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, October 20; Campus Recreation Court Patio

Participants will vent their frustrations to upbeat music and adopt a new mindset along the way.

give voice12-4 p.m., Tuesday, October 25, Student Union Window Lounge

Join PEACE Center and Wellness Services as we give voice to survivors of domestic violence through art, poetry and survivor stories.

difficult disguise1-3 p.m., Thursday October 27, Student Union Willow Room (SU 2.02.12)

Join the PEACE Center as participants explore difficult disguise by Jackson Katz with a guided discussion on a theme surrounding domestic violence.

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