CSU Observes Domestic Violence Awareness Month

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Columbus State University observes Domestic Violence Awareness Month with a series of informative events and exhibitions during October that are free and open to the public.

In collaboration with the Hope Harbour women’s shelter in Columbus, CSU’s Women’s Issues Advisory Council will present a public lecture and dramatic presentations, plus “Speak Out” and “Clothesline” projects, and a purple ribbon campaign.

A speaker representing Hope Harbour (Columbus Alliance for Battered Women, Inc.), a non-profit group providing shelter and advocacy for women and children of domestic violence, will give a presentation on domestic violence issues at noon Tuesday, Oct. 16 in the Davidson Student Center Columbus Room.

At noon on both Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 17-18, CSU theatre students will present “I Got Flowers Today”— a series of monologues drawn from domestic violence incidents, facts and statistics. The performances on both days, also are free and open to the public, and will take place at the T.Y. Whitley Clock Tower.

Meanwhile, throughout the month, the Schwob Memorial Library will display a “Clothesline Project” of art created on T-shirts by children and adult survivors of domestic abuse. Also, ribbons worn by students, faculty and staff will symbolize the campaign against domestic violence, and a “Speak Out” campaign will feature theme-related messages by faculty/staff posted throughout campus.

In addition, donation bins for Hope Harbour will be placed throughout campus to collect items such as umbrellas, ponchos (adult and children), sunscreen, flip-flop sandals (all sizes), combs and brushes, underwear (women and children), socks and towels/washcloths.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month is a nationwide campaign to remember the victims, celebrate the survivors, and raise awareness and offer solutions for domestic violence.

The observance at CSU is part of the university’s Women’s Advisory Council mission to promote an awareness of women’s issues on campus and encourage communication between and among the women of CSU and Columbus.

For more information, contact Linda Hurst at 706-565-7849 or e-mail hurst_linda@ColumbusState.edu.