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Local Events to Recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month

by on October 03, 2017 5:00 AM

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Penn State's Gender Equity Center and the Centre County Women's Resource Center have planned a number of events to raise awareness, provide resources for prevention and honor victims.

“When planning this month of important programming, we wanted to continue collaborations we have throughout the year and focus on domestic violence in ways that will prompt critical thinking about this issue and allow people to think of ways they can help in prevention efforts,” said Jennifer Pencek, programming coordinator of the Gender Equity Center.

Throughout the month, the exhibit "An Empty Place at the Table," will be at locations around Centre County. Because domestic violence can be a deadly crime that creates a void for families, the exhibit will have individual place settings on a table representing victims who were killed as a result of domestic violence in Centre County from 1998 to 2015.

Behind each place setting will be information about the victim.

“Not only do we want to honor and remember those in Centre County who were killed at the hands of abusers but we hope to increase awareness about domestic violence and its impact in our community and achieve a greater commitment from individuals in Centre County to end domestic violence,” said Lindsey Faussette, director of outreach and education at the Centre County Women’s Resource Center.

The exhibit is on display through the week at Moshannon Valley YMCA and will be at the Super Fair of Centre County Resources in the Nittany Mall 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. It will then be at the State College YMCA (Oct. 8-15), Bellefonte YMCA (Oct. 15-22), Penns Valley YMCA (Oct. 22-29).

Other events throughout the month include Jill Biden's appearance at Eisenhower Auditorium at Eisenhower Auditorium. The Gender Equity Center and Penn State Student Programming Association are co-hosting Biden's visit. An educator, military mother and active member of her community, Biden, wife of former Vice President Joseph Biden, spent her time as second lady bringing attention to issues of particular importance to families and women.

Free tickets were first made available to Penn State students. Any remaining tickets will be available to the public today (Oct. 3) at Center for the Performing Arts ticket locations.

Oct. 19 is Wear Purple Day. Purple is the color of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and community members are encouraged to wear it and tell others why ending domestic violence is important to them.

The Clothesline Project, a visual display organized by Gender Equity Center to raise awareness of domestic and sexual violence, will beat Pasquerilla Spiritual Center the week of Oct. 23. The "Empty Place at the Table" exhibit also will be on display at Pasquerille that week.

"Light the Night" will take place beginning at 7 p.m. on Oct. 26 on Old Main Lawn, where an illuminated visual display will honor survivors of domestic violence.

Each year more than 10 million women and men in the United States are victims of violence by an intimate partner, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Locally, Centre County Women's Resource Center provides help 24 hours a day, seven days a week for women, men and children who experience dating and domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. The help hotline can be reached at (814) 234-5050 or toll free at (877) 234-5050.

For more information visit ccwrc.org

The Penn State Gender Equity Center provides services for students have been impacted by sexual violence, relationship violence, stalking, harassment and other issues. For more information visit sites.psu.edu/genderequity or call (814) 863-2027.

 



Geoff Rushton is managing editor for StateCollege.com. Contact him at geoff.rushton@statecollege.com or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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