As some of you might know, the month of October marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a month to recognize and raise awareness of the issues of violence in relationships. This topic, while discussed, is often brushed under the carpet when it comes to dating. People forget that dating violence, especially on campuses, is not uncommon and is not okay.
This year is my first year as an intern at the Women’s Center, and my main focus project is on increasing awareness about dating violence on campuses, educating the Haverford community on the issue, teaching students how to recognize the warning signs, and providing support for survivors and assistance in how to get out of a violent situation. While this is an ongoing project, I chose this month to start in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
What can you do now? If you are here over fall break and are free on October 15th, why not run/walk at the Kristin’s Krusade over at St. Joseph’s University? You can register yourself at www.kristinskrusade.org! Kristin’s Krusade is an annual run at St. Joseph’s University, started by the family of a girl who became a victim of dating violence when her boyfriend killed her after their break-up. The run was started to raise funds and support survivors services, education on the issue, and other awareness raising activities. Look out for more information in the weeks to come!