Domestic Violence Awareness Month promotes safe and healthy behaviors. According to the Center for Disease Controls and Prevention (CDC), domestic violence (intimate partner violence, domestic abuse or relationship abuse) is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another in an intimate relationship. In fact, one in four women and one in seven men will experience severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
The safety of our students, faculty and staff is paramount today and every day. Throughout the month of October, we will host a series of events to inform and raise awareness to the issue of domestic violence.
Empty Place at the Table - Domestic Violence Scenarios: Empty Place at the Table is a powerful display to women in Massachusetts who have lost their lives to domestic violence over the past year. Compelling, moving and poignant, this is an eye-opener, not to be missed. Make sure you get there by 2:00 p.m. on the final day, before it is taken down.
- October 22, 23, 24 at QCC Southbridge 5 Optical Drive, Southbridge
- October 29, 30, 31 at QCC 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester
Healthy Relationship Photo Booth (Worcester): students can hop into the photo booth and hold up words that reflect their ideas of healthy relationships.
Dates and times:
- October 15 in the Fuller Student Center from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
- October 16 in the Harrington Learning Center from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
- October 17 in the Surprenant Hall Lobby from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
One Love Escalation Film Event: Escalation is about Yardley Love, a college student who was killed by her ex-boyfriend. We hope this film showing will shed light on warning signs that signal unhealthy relationship issues. Mental health professionals from Pathways for Change and The YWCA will be here to assist those who find the film challenging or mirroring of some issues in their own lives. For more information, visit Joinonelove.
Worcester campus, 670 West Boylston, Hebert Auditorium on Tuesday, October 30 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.