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VGCC observes Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Purple ribbon with Domestic Violence Awareness Month as text.

Vance-Granville Community College is presenting activities every Thursday during October as part of the observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. VGCC’s Counseling department and Psychology Club are partnering with local domestic violence prevention organizations Families Living Violence Free, Safe Space and Infinite Possibilities, along with mental/behavioral health provider Cardinal Innovations.

The series kicks off on Oct. 1, at 11 a.m., with an online panel discussion featuring representatives of those organizations. “Domestic Violence is on the rise, and this is another topic that we will not remain silent about,” noted VGCC Counselor/Accessibility Coordinator/Student Assistance Program Coordinator/Title IX investigator Cathy Davis. This hourlong Zoom session is open to students, faculty, staff and the community. Participants must register in advance for this webinar at:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bR5vp7M1QF6bzyF1ldwLLw

On Oct. 8, at 11 a.m., a second online event will feature a video presentation on “Healthy Relationships,” hosted by Safe Space. After watching the video, there will be an opportunity for discussion and questions. Participants must register in advance for this webinar at:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_sX745OJsSGS_K4aD__s2HQ

On Thursday, Oct. 15, there will be a drive-through giveaway on each of VGCC’s four campuses, between 12 and 1:30 p.m.

Later in the month, on Oct. 22, students, faculty and staff will be encouraged to wear purple and to use social media to spread positive messages about domestic violence awareness, using the hashtags #ChangeHappensHere and #LoveShouldntHurt.

Finally, on Oct. 29, VGCC students should pay attention to www.vgcc.edu and college social media accounts for information on a “scavenger hunt.”

Davis encourages all students to use the free services of the Student Assistance Program (SAP) if they have domestic violence concerns, in addition to reaching out to their local organizations. More information on the SAP is available at www.vgcc.edu/sap . To seek assistance through the SAP, call 1-800-633-3353.

For more information, contact Cathy Davis at davisc@vgcc.edu or 252-226-9547.