VGCC Observes Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Vance-Granville Community College will present 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 October 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 Cathy Davis. Davis serves as Counselor, Accessibility Coordinator, Student Assistance Program Coordinator, and Title IX investigator at VGCC.

This hourlong Zoom session is open to students, faculty, staff and the community. Participants must register in advance for this webinar: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bR5vp7M1QF6bzyF1ldwLLw

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

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

What if I need help?

Davis encourages all students to use the free services of the Student Assistance Program (SAP) if they have domestic violence concerns. They may also reach out to the local organizations listed above. 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.

 

 

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