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Events and Programs

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The Office of Violence Prevention & Education seeks to educate the campus community about domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking victimization. We host annual events to help raise awareness on these topics as well as offer a variety of trainings to our campus community to encourage healthy relationships, bystander intervention (Green Dot), and trauma-informed practices.

Surviving…Thriving: A Journey of Healing Through Art

Art Gallery in Castellani Art Museum


Surviving…Thriving: A Journey of Healing Through Art is an annual event on our campus that takes place in the Castellani Art Museum in the month of October in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The University partners with several community agencies who serve on the planning committee and provide collections of artwork created by survivors of domestic violence. This artwork is displayed for one evening for both campus and community members to view. In addition to raising awareness, all proceeds from the event are donated to Pinnacle Community Service’s Passage House and Domestic Violence Services.

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The Red Flag Campaign

Red flags are placed in St Vincent circle to bring awareness to the warning signs ("red flags") that we may see for intimate partner violence in a friend's relationship. This campaign is a national public awareness initiative that encourages others to say something when they see a red flag.

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The Clothesline Project

The Clothesline Project is a community-based public art display that honors survivors of intimate partner violence. The purpose is to demonstrate the impact of relationship violence and increase awareness in our community. Each year we ask students to create shirts to contribute to the project.

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Rotating Indoor Art Exhibits

Every year, our community partners provide and display artwork created by domestic violence survivors in our community. These exhibits change and rotate from year to year.

Take Back the Night

Take Back the Night is an annual event that aims to end sexual, relationship, and domestic violence in all forms. Co-sponsored by the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier, the event begins in the Gallagher Center gym with resource tables, poster making, a brief program, and a student-organized march across campus. The event concludes with a candlelight vigil.

Dr. Jennifer Beebe
Take Back the Night events help all survivors reclaim their voice and empower those who have been victimized. Through events like this, as well as other outreach related to the awareness of domestic violence, we have the opportunity to work in partnership with community agencies to bring these issues to the forefront.
Dr. Jennifer Beebe
Associate Professor of Counseling/Education


Stalking Awareness
January is National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM), an annual call to action to recognize, learn, and respond to stalking crimes. Nearly 1 in 6 women and 1 in 17 men have experienced stalking.


Dating Violence Awareness
Dating Violence Awareness Month is observed in February. One in three teens in the US will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse from someone they're in a relationship with before adulthood.


Sexual Assault Awareness
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men in the U.S. have been raped at some time in their lives.


Domestic Violence Awareness
Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) brings awareness and encourages others to take action to end DV. On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the US