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SHCS Hosting Events for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is recognized across the country as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. 

It was first observed in 1987 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and two years later was officially designated as such by Congress. It’s a way to connect and unite individuals and organizations working on domestic violence issues while raising awareness for those issues.  

At Cal State San Marcos, Student Health and Counseling Services is observing the month with a variety of events and activities to educate the campus community about unhealthy relationships; celebrate those who have survived an abusive relationship; connect students, faculty and staff to resources; and issue a call to action to empower individuals to say or do something if they see something and be part of the equation to end sexual violence. 

Learn more about the issues by attending one or more of these upcoming events. You can also RSVP for some events here: http://www.csusm.edu/hope/programevents/calendar.html 


Take the Pledge Against Intimate Partner Harm  

Oct. 5, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., USU Arcade 

Swing by the USU Arcade during U-hour to take the pledge and show support for survivors of intimate partner harm. 


Staying Safe When Relationships Go Digital  

Oct. 5, 6-7:30 p.m., Zoom  

The shift to virtual education and online life has created a host of challenges for students, not the least of which is navigating online abuse and prioritizing their digital safety in relationships. As we acclimate to an increasingly digital existence, it is critical to understand how dating violence, stalking, impersonation and harassment also have gone digital. In this presentation, Adam Dodge will explore practical and accessible ways to prioritize digital safety in our lives while also preventing stalking online and via our devices.  


Supporting Survivors of Intimate Partner Harm 

Oct. 6, noon-1 p.m., Zoom 

If you think that a friend or someone you know is in an abusive or unhealthy relationship, it can be difficult to know what to do. You may want to help, but be scared to lose them as a friend or feel as though it is not your place to step in. Join us as we talk through and share ways to support a friend experiencing intimate partner harm.  


Empowering Women’s Health Series, Part 1: Sexual Health and Wellness 

Oct. 7, noon-1 p.m., Zoom 

This workshop will advocate for women’s health by providing a general overview of information that can improve sexual health and overall well-being.  


Healthy vs. Unhealthy Relationships 

Oct. 12, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., USU Arcade 

Swing by the SHCS table during U-hour to learn about the signs of healthy and unhealthy relationships, and win prizes. 


CSUSM Purple Thursday 

Oct. 14, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., USU Arcade 

Swing by the USU Arcade during U-hour to take the pledge against intimate partner violence and wear purple to show support for survivors.  


Let’s Get Consensual: Relationships Edition 

Oct. 20, 1-2 p.m., Zoom 

Let's talk about consent in relationships. We will explore what consent can look and sound like, as well as ways to make sure you’re on the same page with a long-term sexual partner.  


DV Speak Out 

Oct. 28, 3-4 p.m., Forum Plaza 

Join us for poetry, learning about community providers and creating a space for social change. We will conclude the event with a candlelight vigil in honor of those harmed and/or murdered because of dating and domestic violence.  

Media Contact

Brian Hiro, Communications Specialist

bhiro@csusm.edu | Office: 760-750-7306