Beaver campus programs recognize National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 24, 2014

MONACA, Pa. — Penn State Beaver faculty along with the campus' Health Services Center recently offered several programs in recognition of October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

On Oct. 13, a program entitled “Healthy Relationships” was presented by the Women’s Center of Beaver County with more than 75 students, faculty, and staff in attendance. The program focused on how people can look for healthy versus unhealthy aspects to any relationship and offered resources for anyone aware of or suffering abuse of any kind.

Over the years, the Women’s Center and Beaver campus have co-sponsored a variety of events designed to heighten awareness of sexual and domestic abuse and violence. On Oct. 17, Crisis Center North (CCN), another longtime partner of the Beaver campus, presented a program about legal advocacy for those suffering in or aware of sexually or domestically violent relationships. In addition, CCN representatives also brought Penny, Allegheny County’s first canine court advocate, to meet those attending the program. CCN advocates presented information about how Penny and other therapy animals work in courts to aid victims of domestic and/or sexual violence.

As part of the program, participants were also encouraged to bring non-perishable food and/or toiletries for victims of violence. Oct. 17 was also designated as “Purple Out for Domestic Violence Awareness Day” and all students, faculty and staff were encouraged to wear purple.

For more information about domestic violence awareness and prevention, contact Dr. John Chapin, professor of communications, at jrc11@psu.edu or 724-773-3877.

Last Updated October 28, 2014