Special Events This Month Raise Awareness for Domestic Violence


Special Events This Month Raise Awareness for Domestic Violence
Crystal Maldonado, right, and Desiree Bastida from Project Sister demonstrate self-defense techniques.
The Clotheline Project features T-shirts decorated with the personal experiences of victims of violence.

Cal Poly Pomona is marking Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. Several special events, including a class on self-defense for women, will educate people about intimate violence and how to help put an end to it.

This year's theme is Love is Respect.

One of four college-age students has experienced dating violence, according to the National Center for Victims of Crime. At Cal Poly Pomona, jealousy is one of the most common early signs of an unhealthy relationship. The Violence Prevention & Women's Resource Center has two goals this year:

  • Educate students on the warning signs of an unhealthy relationship.   
  • Encourage students to seek help if they or someone they know is in an unhealthy relationship.   

Male and female students who are in an unhealthy relationship can seek free, confidential help at the Violence Prevention & Women's Resource Center by phone or in person. A police report is not required to receive assistance. Last school year, the center helped 154 individuals who were experiencing intimate partner violence.

For more information, visit the center in Building 95 (across from the Career Center), call (909) 869-3112 or visit http://dsa.cpp.edu/vpwrc.

Wednesday, Oct. 7 & Thursday, Oct. 8

Self Defense for Women

5 to 7 p.m.

The free self-defense class is open to women and girls. Learn about target areas, kick punches and releases. The class is in Building 71. RSVP by calling (909) 869-3790.

Monday, Oct. 12 & Tuesday, Oct. 13

The Clothesline Project

All day

The Clothesline Project, a powerful testimonial from survivors of assault, rape and incest depicted on several hundred T-shirts, will be on display in the University Quad. The shirts express survivors' emotions and serve as a testimony to the problem of violence against women.

Thursday, Oct. 15

What's Your Green Dot?

Noon to 1 p.m.

The Green Dot program is a new campaign on campus that focuses on gathering individuals who are willing and able to do their part to help end violence on campus. The program targets all community members as potential bystanders and seeks to engage them, through awareness, education and skills-practice, in proactive behaviors that establish intolerance of violence as the norm. This information session will be in the Bronco Student Center, Andromeda B/C.

Tuesday, Oct. 27

Get Your Green Dot!

5 to 7 p.m.

A green dot is any behavior choice word or attitude that promotes safety for all of us and communicates utter intolerance of any form of violence. How many green dots will it take to begin reducing intimate partner violence at Cal Poly Pomona? Join this workshop to gain your first green dot and receive training on how to promote a safer environment on campus. This workshop will be held at the Bronco Student Center, Ursa Major A.

Thursday, Oct. 29

Women's Empowerment Workshop

Noon to 1 p.m.

This workshop is part of a series that is geared toward women who are interested in learning more about how to empower themselves mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Women will receive tips on how to tap into their true authentic self in all aspects of their life in a supportive, all-female environment. This workshop will be held at the Bronco Student Center, Orion A/B. Lunch will be provided. RSVP by calling (909) 869-3790.