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UNI to commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 17, 2012
Contact: 

Barbara Cutter, director, Women's and Gender Studies Program, 319-273-7102, barbara.cutter@uni.edu

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, stacey.christensen@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host a series of events in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month from Monday, Oct. 22 to Friday, Oct. 26. The activities will center around the Clothesline Project, an artistic visual representation of the pervasiveness of violence against women, the LGBTQ community and other marginalized populations.

Events include:

Monday, Oct. 22 and Tuesday, Oct. 23, T-shirt decorating for the Clothesline Project from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Maucker Union. Students, staff and faculty will have the opportunity to decorate T-shirts with messages against violence. T-shirts will be displayed from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24 and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25, by the Campanile.

Monday, Oct. 22, Survivors of Domestic Violence panel, 6 p.m., Sabin Hall, Room 002. Hosted by Seeds of Hope, the panel provides the opportunity to learn about domestic violence from survivors themselves.

Thursday, Oct. 25, Shine the Light on Violence Against Women, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Sabin Hall, Room 002. The event will provide an opportunity to learn more about domestic violence and violence prevention, and will feature speakers from UNI's Center for Violence Prevention, Seeds of Hope and Cedar Valley Friends of the Family. Participants are encouraged to bring a flashlight to help "shine the light" on violence against women while viewing all the completed T-shirts at the end of the event.

Feminist Action League is hosting a donation drive to benefit survivors of domestic and sexual violence.  New bras, underwear, socks, sweatpants and T-shirts will be collected to donate to the Cedar Valley Friends of the Family in Waverly, an organization which aims to provide safe, confidential services to those affected by homelessness, domestic violence and sexual assault through advocacy, housing assistance and crisis services.

Donations can be dropped off in the women's and gender studies office, Sabin Hall, Room 225, throughout the month or given at the T-shirt decorating in Maucker Union, the T-shirt display by the Campanile or at the Shine the Light on Violence Against Women event. Donation boxes will also be located in Maucker Union, the 23rd Street Market and in the residence halls from Oct. 22 to 26.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/csbs/womenstudies/domestic-violence-awareness-month-0 or contact Barbara Cutter, director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at UNI, at 319-273-7102 or barbara.cutter@uni.edu.