Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2020

October is nationally recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time when we ask everyone within the RBHS community to get involved by honoring survivors, speaking up against violence and harassing behaviors, and promoting healthy relationships. Turn The Campus Purple is the university-wide initiative to bring attention to Domestic Violence Awareness Month, encouraging members of the community to wear purple or use purple disposables within their work sites during the month to support a violence-free environment. Visit this page for updates and follow our Instagram & Twitter @RBHS_VPVA to check out all of our community participation!


Events of DVAM Silence Witness Every Friday in October, Survivor Love Letter October 5-9, Turn The Campus Purple October 12-17, DV Conversation Series October 8 and 14, Trauma Covid and Supporting Black Survivors October 15, Virtual 3k October 17, Art Advocacy and Healing October 19

Silent Witness

Every Friday in October, we will feature a scenario of a silent witness who saw an unsafe situation and had to make a decision on what to do. Students will have the opportunity to respond with thoughts on how they could have lent their voices to no longer be a silent witness but instead be an active bystander. Join us @rbhs_vpva or see our videos and response form below to participate!

Domestic Violence Conversations

Throughout the month, VPVA will host virtual events alongside key campus and community members to engage in conversations around the impact of domestic violence in health communities and for individuals with disabilities. Show your interest in viewing the recordings here.

Survivor Love Letter

This initiative is a call to action for RBHS students to show survivors of violence that they are supported, believed, and loved.  Students can write supportive messaging and design their own artwork for those that have experienced violence. We will gather all the messages to showcase in a virtual display.
Find this year’s submissions HERE

Virtual 3K

Students, staff, faculty, and community members across all Rutgers campuses will come together for a 3K raising awareness of domestic violence. Participants can take, post, and submit photos or videos of the scenery, screenshots of the map route, sneakers, selfies, and more! Learn more here. 

Turn The Campus Purple

Purple is nationally recognized as the awareness color for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Turn the Campus Purple is the university-wide campaign encouraging members of the community to show off their purple and raise awareness of all forms of domestic violence. Participate by turning your social presence purple, sharing your favorite purple items, and adding purple to your email signatures or Zoom backgrounds!

Art, Advocacy, and Healing

In collaboration with the Zimmerli Art Museum and nationally recognized artists, the 4 VPVA campuses will host a virtual workshop showcasing art pieces that portray aspects of trauma, healing, mental health, or violence. Following the exhibit is a dialogue on utilizing art for one’s activism and healing journey.