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Hampton University prepares for Domestic Violence Awareness month

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Jerica Deck | Campus Editor

October is the perfect time for sweater weather and candy corn. However, it’s important to remember that it’s also a time to create awareness about serious issues. October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Violent relationships can happen to anyone. However, unfortunately both women of color and women on college campuses tend to experience higher rates of domestic violence.

Taking this into consideration, Hampton University has provided many resources to protect its students from domestic violence. Several campus organizations have also hosted several events that create awareness about domestic violence.

Treasure Tabor, a junior psychology major from Columbia, Maryland said, “A lot of people think that domestic violence happens in couples who are married, but it’s very prevalent in young adult and adolescent relationships.”

Domestic violence is a serious issue on college campuses nationwide. According to the Domestic Violence Hotline’s website, women between the ages of 18-34 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence. In 2007 a study from the National Coalition against Domestic Violence reported that 21 percent of college students report experienced dating violence by a current partner.

The odds become even worse for women of color. The U.S. department of Health and Human Services Office of Women’s Health claimed that about 30 percent of African American women have experienced intimate partner violence which includes rape, physical assault, and/or stalking. Another report from Washington DC’s Violence Policy Center discovered that black women are three times more likely to die at the hands of a current or ex-partner than women of any other racial background.

Since Hampton University is a historically black college with large female population, Domestic Violence Month is a great time to bring awareness to the school’s community. Earlier this month, QT9 hosted a Purple Out during 12-2. Students were encouraged to dress in purple (the color associated with domestic violence awareness) from head to toe. They were also encouraged to buy purple ribbons and various baked goods.

The proceeds from the fundraiser went to Seton Youth Shelters. This organization provides a safe place for homeless youth who have escaped abusive homes.

This Thursday, the Sophomore Community Service Committee and Mr. and Miss Sophomore are hosting a Domestic Violence Evening of Art. They have invited students to have fun creating artwork while also learning more information about domestic violence.

The tickets are $2 and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Transitions Family Violence services. The event is from 7-9 pm and will take place in the student center cyber lounge.

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship on campus, there are many resources on campus to help. Acts of physical assault can be reported to the Hampton University Police Department. Hampton University also offers a counseling center that can provide therapy and support for victims. The Student Leadership Program also has a 24 hour prayer hotline to call if you’re in need of spiritual and emotional support.

The number for that is 757-690-1284. Another way to receive help outside of Hampton University is to call the domestic violence hotline. The number for that is 1-800-799-SAFE.

Domestic Violence is very serious issue that affects thousands of people every single day. Hampton University students have banded together to learn more about domestic violence and how they can help. Together, the university can help those in the community who are in need.

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