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 email@example.com with any questions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.