Can it happen here? YES. Report domestic violence.

As many people that live in Verano have discovered, living in a close community like graduate housing means that you can often hear the many comings and goings and day to day sounds of your neighbors. While much of this can be chalked up to normal community living sounds, there are some things that should not be ignored if heard or seen. Among these include the very real possibility of domestic violence.

Domestic violence can come in many forms, from the telltale sound of shouting, to items being thrown, or physical violence. If you hear ANYTHING that could be considered domestic violence, it’s important to report it. Don’t wait for it to stop, don’t wait for it to happen again; if you hear or see something, say something. If you are unsure, it’s always better to be safe and report it than wish that you had later.

So what can you do? If you think domestic violence is occurring, call 911. Provide them with as much information as possible, including but not limited to:

The location of the incident
What you hear or see
If you believe there are injuries (for EMS response)
If it’s in a car or involving vehicles, report the license plate number
Any description of people you can see are involved
If you see or hear things and are concerned, make sure to document the situation. This does not require that you intervene directly, but your information and/or reporting could save lives.

For more information about domestic violence, see what UCI CARE has to offer:

http://www.care.uci.edu/

https://www.facebook.com/UCICARE

Campus Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Events

From CARE:

 

We wanted to remind you of some of the events we’re hosting for Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month and share some exciting peer education opportunities with you!

 

Interested in being a Peer Educator?

Apply to be a Right to KNOW or Challenging All Men to Prevent Sexism (CHAMPS) peer educator! Being a peer educator provides an opportunity to develop invaluable leadership skills. Learn about issues related to sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking as well as be an important resource and leader for the UCI community.  Applications for Right to KNOW are due on April 22 and CHAMPS are due on April 29.

 

April 18th – April 20th, Gateway Commons – The Clothesline Project

The Clothesline Project is a participatory and visual exhibit designed to break the silence surrounding sexual violence and to illustrate its impact by displaying T-shirts designed by survivors of sexual violence. Students, staff and faculty can contact the CARE office to create a personal shirt to contribute.

 

April 20th, 7pm, Flagpoles –  UCI’s 19th Annual Take Back the Night

A keynote address will be followed by a candlelight vigil and march to raise awareness about sexual violence and to honor survivors. This program will feature music and dance performances, visual displays, refreshments, interactive activities and a raffle. The evening concludes with a Speak-Out where survivors tell their stories of survival and recovery. Sponsored by UCI CARE, ASUCI SPFB and student groups VIP, CHAMPS, and Right to KNOW.

 

April 27thDenim Day

The Denim Day campaign began as part of an international protest of an Italian High Court decision to overturn a rape conviction because the victim was wearing jeans. ALL are urged to wear denim or “Why Denim?” buttons on April 27thAlso, each year, individuals, student organizations, staff groups, and departments around UCI participate in a Denim Day photo contest. The winner of this photo contest will get a Pizza Party! Submit photos by email to care@uci.edu or Instagram your photos and tag us at UCICARE and use the hashtag #UCIDenimDay by 11:59pm on April 27th.

 

Submit Nominations for the Dynamic Womyn of UCI Awards!

This is a one of a kind celebration that focuses on the womyn who inspire us to take action, to fight for causes we believe in, and who make a difference each and every day.

The event will take place Thursday, May 26 | 3-5pm | Doheny Beach, Student Center.

We are currently taking nominations for this year at: http://tinyurl.com/dwnomination

Nomination Deadline: Spring Quarter | Week 5 | Monday, April 25.

You can RSVP to attend the event at: http://tinyurl.com/dwrsvp by ­­Week 8 | Friday, May 20.

Providing CARE to the UCI Community

Recently a lot of attention has been given to sexual assaults on college campuses across the country and the way in which they are handled.  Are you familiar with one of UC Irvine’s on-campus resources?  UCI’s Campus Assault Resources and Education (CARE) supports the goal of providing an educational environment free from violence and discrimination. Guided by the values of respect for diversity, human rights, and community responsibility, the CARE office provides comprehensive programs to serve those affected by sexual assault, relationship abuse and stalking.

CARE provides the following services, free of charge, to all currently enrolled students: *

  • Counseling for Individuals and Groups
  • Consultation
  • Advocacy Services
  • Referrals
  • Educational Programs
  • Trainings

Why should you call CARE?

  • You may have been sexually assaulted
  • You need help in supporting a survivor of sexual assault
  • You’re not sure if your relationship is healthy
  • Someone is making you feel uncomfortable and won’t leave you alone
  • You want to get involved in campuswide programming
  • You would like to request a workshop for your group
  • You want to become a leader and support others

If you have any concerns at all, you can call CARE at 949-824-7273. For 24-hour support call 949-831-9110. Visit care at www.care.uci.edu or in person in the Student Center at G320. Always call 911 if there is a life safety issue.

*If you are not a currently enrolled student, CARE can provide off-campus resources and referrals to you.

Dating and Domestic Violence Awareness Month Events at UCI

The month of October has been nationally recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Nearly 1 in 3 (32%) of college students report dating violence by a previous partner, and 21% report violence by a current partner. Women aged 16 to 24 experience the highest per capita rate of dating violence. These injuries to women are greater than car accidents, mugging and stranger rapes combined. Of the women that are murdered each year in the United States, 30% are killed by a current or former husband or boyfriend. These numbers are staggering and UC Irvine is deeply committed to raising awareness and bringing an end to the violence. The first step in eradicating this epidemic is to educate the campus community with the goal of creating a safe environment for all.

 UC Irvine’s Campus Assault Resources and Education (CARE) Office has organized and sponsored a series of events throughout the month of October:

Verizon Wireless Hopeline Cell Phone Drive
October 1- November 1, 2013

The HopeLine program distributes previously owned wireless phones to victims of domestic violence, supports nonprofit domestic violence prevention advocacy groups and provides an environmentally safe method for recycling phones. Verizon Wireless also donates airtime which allows victims to receive immediate help from social services and law enforcement agencies. HopeLine drop boxes will be available throughout campus.

DVAM Spread the Love Campaign
How will you spread the love this month?  We want to know! Come to CARE to get your photo taken for the CARE Facebook page. The person with the most likes on their photo gets to choose from a variety of different raffle prizes!

Spread the Love Yoga Class
October 25, 2013 1pm to 2pm in Aldrich Park-the lawn behind the Career Center

Join CARE for a FREE yoga class in Aldrich Park! Wear any purple clothing and bring an old cell phone to donate to victims of domestic violence.  This is an amazing opportunity to learn  more about CARE’s Yoga as a Healing program for survivors. Help spread the love this month– one move at a time!

Partner Retreat: Laguna Hike and Beach Bonfire
Open to ALL UCI Students

This is an opportunity for couples in the UCI community to participate in a variety of guided activities followed by engaging dialogue. The day will include interactive communication activities, a beautiful hike in Laguna, and close with a beach bonfire. Partners will gain tools in communication strategies, learn how to fight fair, develop interpersonal assertiveness, and most importantly build positive and supportive relationships. Shuttle transportation from Palo Verde to hike location and meal and snacks are included. Cost is only $20 per couple! Register here: https://ucihikingretreat.eventbrite.com/.

Share Your Story

The CARE Speakers Bureau consists of individuals who are willing to discuss personal experiences with sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and/or stalking for the purpose of raising awareness, creating cultural change, decreasing violence, and increasing empathy at UCI and in the larger community. If you are interested in this opportunity, please fill out the speaker profile survey and contact Dr. Mandy Mount at mmount@uci.edu with any questions.

 Groups

CARE offers weekly support groups for survivors of sexual assault or dating violence. Group counseling offers opportunities to connect with others who have had similar experiences, gain support, develop trust, increase self-awareness and learn new ways to cope with challenges.  Contact Dr. Mandy Mount at mmount@uci.edu for more information.

CARE’s support groups for survivors

CARE’s support groups for survivors

Did you know….. CARE offers weekly support groups for survivors of sexual assault or intimate partner violence. Group counseling offers opportunities to connect with others who have had similar experiences, gain support, develop trust, increase self-awareness and learn new ways to cope with challenges.

Groups that are currently running

Choices and Voices

  • For survivors of sexual violence – (90 minutes:  meets weekly on Mondays 3:30- 5pm)
  • Contact Dr. Mandy Mount at mmount@uci.edu  for a meeting to explore your interest in this group

 Building Better Relationships

  • For those who have been in unhealthy or abusive relationships and want to understand themselves and move toward healthier future relationships-(90 minutes:  three sessions)
  • Contact Dr. Mandy Mount at mmount@uci.edu for a meeting to explore your interest in this group

 In addition to CARE’s groups, the UCI Counseling Center is offering the following groups in Spring Quarter.  Set aside some time in your schedule for  a little self-care, and check out one of these great group meetings: CC Graduate Group List Spring 2013

Spotlight on a Campus Department: CARE

UCI Campus Assault Resources and Education (CARE) supports the goal of providing an educational environment free from violence and discrimination.  Guided by the values of respect for diversity, human rights and community responsibility, the CARE office provides comprehensive programs to serve those affected by sexual assault, relationship abuse and stalking.  CARE offers counseling, advocacy, prevention education, leadership and training opportunities, while working closely with the community on collaborative response and policy development.

Campus Assault Resources and Education (CARE) provides direct victim services and campus education on the topics of sexual violence, intimate partner abuse, relationship health, and personal safety. The office provides consultation, counseling services, and advocacy services. CARE also provides awareness and prevention education through peer education programs, web-based trainings, campus-wide events and educational campaigns.

CARE offers confidential services that are free of charge to all currently enrolled students.

The office is located on the 3rd Floor of the Student Center in Suite G320.   (949) 824-7273

Partner Retreat for Graduate Students: Laguna Hike and Beach Bonfire

Sponsored by Campus Recreation, CARE, and Palo Verde Housing

Date and Time: February 10th, 1pm to 6pm

This is an opportunity for couples in the graduate community to participate in a variety of guided activities followed by engaging dialogue. The day will include interactive communication activities, a beautiful hike in Laguna, and close with a beach bonfire. Partners will gain tools in communication strategies, learn how to fight fair, develop interpersonal assertiveness, and most importantly build positive and supportive relationships.

This program is free of charge!

E-mail zkhoraki@uci.edu to RSVP