Month-Long Events Scheduled to Draw Attention to Domestic Violence

Month-Long Events Scheduled to Draw Attention to Domestic Violence
Students look at decorated T-shirts with anti-abuse messages at the “Visual Voices” one-day exhibit at the W. Keith and Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery.

The American Medical Association estimates that more than 4 million women are victims of severe assaults by boyfriends or husbands each year. That grim statistic doesn?t even include children and men who are also affected by abuse in the home.

To help empower victims of domestic violence, Cal Poly Pomona is taking part in national Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. The university is hosting a series of free events for employees, students and the public.

Poetry, Art and Guest Speaker Highlight ?Visual Voices? on Oct. 1

?Visual Voices,? a one-day art exhibit in the W. Keith and Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery, featured paintings and photographs by three community agencies that use art as a form of healing and bringing awareness to the plight of domestic violence and sexual assault.

The event also included guest speaker Mary Catherine O?Heart, founder of United Survivors, who discussed the importance of art as a medium of healing. Local poet Rene Jaguara and jazz pianist Bill Wolfe also performed.

Featured artworks included: a collection of art from United Survivors in Pomona; a series of black and white portraits taken of survivors in shelters across the country from A Window Between Worlds in Venice Beach; and paintings by teen advocates in the Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program at Haven House in Pasadena.

This event was co-sponsored by the Cal Poly Pomona chapter of the National Organization for Women and the Stop Violence Grant Office.

Women?s Self-Defense Class Offered on Oct. 7

Cal Poly Pomona?s Stop Violence Grant Office will hold a self-defense class for women from 5:30?7:30 p.m. on Oct. 7 at Java the Hut, the university coffee shop located along University Drive on the north-east side of campus. Instructors will focus on prevention and assertiveness training.

?Shades of Violence? Panel Discussion on Oct. 15

A panel of speakers will discuss the unique and common challenges different cultures face when addressing domestic violence during ?Shades of Violence? on Oct. 15 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the University Union, Lecture Room.

Clothesline Project Offers a Full Day of Events on Oct. 22

A hate crime memorial and the Clothesline Project will be on display in University Park on Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Other events will also take place throughout the day.

The Clothesline Project is a powerful testimonial from survivors of assault, rape and incest who have created several hundred T-shirts that will be hung in University Park.

From 11 a.m.?2 p.m., eight local agencies? representatives will be available to provide information on violence prevention and services. A short video of last year?s Clothesline Project will be continuously shown from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the University Union, Lecture Room.

The event will close with a gathering from 6?7 p.m. in University Park. Rhythm Womyn will open with live drumming, followed by peer theater performances, a speak-out and a march through campus. At the speak-out, survivors are free to share their stories or read a poem.

This event is sponsored by the Cal Poly Pomona Stop Violence Grant Office, the Pride Center, the CENTER, the division of Student Affairs, and Associated Students Inc.

For more information on any of the events during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, call (909) 869-3790.