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Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2011

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

DVAM Letter to the Editor:

“...Back to the question of 'what’s missing?' —stopping domestic violence has not yet been embraced as a universal responsibility. It’s almost counterintuitive as to why; we make massive efforts to get the word out. But maybe that’s just it: We educate about the enormity of the problem; fatalities and severe trauma and limited resources and deep societal underpinnings. What caring person doesn’t feel overwhelmed and hopeless? Implacable problems shut us down emotionally; we separate from them.

Maybe we need to learn how to talk about it differently...We need a general public where every last person feels capable of doing just one thing — one thing that is completely within their power. One thing that helps to establish a climate that’s mutually exclusive with accepting domestic violence as 'just one of those things.' I think that’s key to what’s missing, and that, coupled with our response system, could one day change the statistics."


Kris Billhardt is director of Home Free, a community-based domestic violence intervention program.  See the full letter here: Kris Billhardt DVAM Editorial 2011.pdf.

Calendar of Events


Please join us! If you have any questions, please contact Jess Amo at

Get Involved!
Info for Faculty and Staff
First Annual PSU-Specific Rally and Candlelight Vigil  
Let's Talk
Sex+Money Documentary
Love Your Body Fashion Extravaganza!
Faculty Favorite Lecture Series:

     "Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Raising Awareness, Creating Social Change."
Open Dialogue: Domestic Violence In Communities of Color

Domestic Violence & the Law

PWCL's Community Healing Vigil

Get Involved!

The most important thing you can do to prevent relationship violence in our community is to make a personal committment to get involved.  You can help out by:

  • Attending this month's events
  • Spreading the word about events on your fb page, list servs, etc.
  • Organizing your friends to come with you
  • If you are with a student organization, we'd love to have you come table at the Vigil on the 27th - contact if you'd like to table.

Info for Faculty and Staff

You are in a key position to encourage student involvement in preventing relationship violence in our campus community.  You can help by:

  • Offering extra credit to your students who attend DVAM events
  • Including event information in your class announcements, syllabi, and internal departmental calendars.
  • Downloadable Calendar:

Rally and Candlelight Vigil

Thursday, October 27th
6:00-7:00PM Portland State University Parkway North
(Smith Memorial Student Union 101)
Sponsored by the WRC, with support from the QRC

We invite you to take part in the first annual PSU-specific vigil in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.   This event was created by students hoping to give honor and remembrance to survivors and victims of domestic violence.   The keynote speaker will be Professor Vicki Reitenauer, a faculty member of PSU’s Women, Gender and Sexualities Studies Department.  Prof. Reitenauer has a long history in the movement to end domestic violence, including experience as an advocate for survivors of domestic violence, a counselor in women’s health clinics, and a community health educator.  For more information, contact the WRC at (503) 725-5672.  This event was organized by Brianna, Meghan, and Sara on behalf of the WRC.   

Printable Flyer: DVAM_Vigil_2011_Flyer.pdf

Press Release: Press Release 9-2011.pdf

Let's Talk

Wednesdays 2:00-3:00PM
September 28th through November 30th

A PSU CAPS Counselor is at the WRC for free consultations about any questions or stresses you might be dealing with. No appointment necessary, just stop by! For more information, contact the WRC at (503) 725-5672.

Sex+Money Documentary

Friday, October 7th
6:00-8:30PM Hoffman Hall

Hosted by the WRC, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, and the Center for Women, Politics & Policy. Sex+Money: A National Search for Human Worth is a documentary about domestic minor sex trafficking and the modern-day abolitionist movement fighting to stop it. Since September 2009, the crew has traveled to over 30 states and conducted more than 75 interviews with federal agents, victims, politicians, activists, psychologists, porn-stars, among others. The film will be followed by a panel of local experts. Please join us for this informative event on domestic sex trafficking. For more information, call (503) 725-5672.

Love Your Body Fashion Extravaganza!

Thursday, October 13th
7:00-9:00PM Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom

Portland State University’s Love Your Body Fashion Extravaganza aims to promote positive body image, equality, and acceptance of people of all body types by creating a space of empowerment where all bodies are to be honored and celebrated. We aspire to step outside of mainstream fashion by disrupting traditional notions of what fashion should be, creating a space for expression, and developing a vision of fashion that includes everyone. Join us for this fashion forward event. For more information, contact the Events Coordinator, Kari Anne McDonald at

Faculty Favorite Lecture Series

Cammie Hering, MA
Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Thursday, October 20th
1:00-2:30PM WRC Lounge

Lecturing on "Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Raising Awareness, Creating Social Change." For more information, contact the WRC at (503) 725-5672.

Open Dialogue: Domestic Violence In Communities of Color

Thursday, October 27th
3:00-4:30 p.m. in the Women's Resource Center
Hosted by the Women of Color Action Team

October is domestic violence month and as women of color and allies, it is important to explore how domestic violence impacts communities of color.   Please join the Women of Color Action Team in having a dialogue with community members, PSU staff, faculty and students.    This is an opportunity to explore how violence affects our communities and how we can continue to work against ending violence.    Please join the dialogue!!!

Domestic Violence & the Law

Student Legal Services
Thursday, October 27th
4:00 – 5:30 PM
SMU 238

What is the legal definition of domestic violence?  What rights and protections do survivors of domestic violence have under Oregon law?  What obligations do employers and landlords have to protect survivors?  Join attorneys from Student Legal Services to learn more.  Refreshments provided!