Domestic Violence Awareness Month Activities Planned

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Activities Planned
Renee Ryborz, a senior communications major, looks at T-shirts at the Clothesline Project last year.
The Clothes Line Project will be on display Oct. 18.
The march and rally will be Oct. 25

To raise awareness about domestic violence, Cal Poly Pomona recognizes October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This year's theme “If Not You, Then  Who?” aims to spark a sense of the shared-responsibility to end violence.

The Stop Violence Office has organized numerous events that are free and open to the public. They include self-defense classes, a march and rally, the powerful Clothesline Project and a special art exhibit by survivors.

The events include:

Opening Ceremony

On Tuesday, Oct. 2, at noon the Opening Ceremony will be held in University Plaza. Come join the Stop Violence Office to kick off the “If Not You, Then Who?” campaign on campus. Learn more about ways you can help in addressing dating violence. Light refreshments will be served.

Coming Out Monologue

The TEAAR Theatre Group will collaborate with the Pride Center in performing a skit addressing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues and how to be an ally on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 6 p.m. in the University Theatre. This event is in conjunction with LGBT History Month.

Religion: Who do you turn to?

The Stop Violence Office will host a panel Tuesday, Oct. 16, in the Bronco Student Center, Ursa Major, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. to discuss the role of religion and domestic violence. Representatives from Campus Crusade for Christ, the Muslim Student Association, Latter Day Saints Student Association and the Catholic Newman Club will discuss their religion's take on domestic violence.

Clothesline Project

The Clothesline Project is a community art project of T-shirts decorated by people who have been affected by relationship violence. Each T-shirt tells its own story. Participants may bring a single colored T-shirt to decorate on Thursday, Oct. 18, in University Plaza, all day.

Self Defense Class for Women

Blanca Perez from Project Sister will teach two self-defense classes for women on

Tuesday, Oct. 23, and Wednesday, Oct. 24, in Bldg. 71 at 6 p.m. Release techniques, punches and target points will be discussed and practiced.

March and Rally

The Stop Violence Office invites students, staff and faculty members to join the March and Rally on Thursday, Oct. 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in University Park. Student groups are strongly encouraged to participate. Poster making begins at 11 a.m.  Keynote speaker Professor Thomas Keith from the Philosophy    department will address the issue of domestic violence.

Take a Walk in My Shoes Art Exhibit

Take a Walk in My Shoes features shoes decorated by survivors of violence. Every shoe shares a story of survival. Groups of up to 15 people also have the opportunity to participate in art workshops. The exhibit will be from Oct. 29 through Oct. 31, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., in the University Art Gallery.

Closing Ceremonies

Join the Stop Violence Office on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at noon in the University Art Gallery to celebrate art as a tool of healing for survivors. Participants have the opportunity to join art workshops. Light refreshments will be provided.  

Throughout the year, the Stop Violence Office provides education, training and support services for issues surrounding sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking on campus.

For more information about the events and Stop Violence Office, contact Diane Sands at (909) 869-3102 or or visit