While Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month ended Oct. 31, the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women reminds the campus community that the university’s services and support continue throughout the year.
The Mather Center hosted multiple events to mark the annual national observance, and even welcomed Case Western Reserve President Eric W. Kaler to its information table during Homecoming Week.
“The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women is a campus leader in developing educational programming that advances the university’s violence prevention efforts, and, importantly, promotes safe and supportive environments for people to live and work,” President Kaler said. “The combination of ‘It’s on CWRU’ and the CCRT (Coordinated Community Response Team) gives members of our campus community the opportunity to engage and learn how they can disrupt—and eliminate—the culture of violence.”
The response team is among several initiatives made possible through a U.S. Department of Justice grant that emphasizes increasing coordination among higher education institutions and community partners to help prevent violence—and, when such crimes occur, to investigate the crime and support those harmed.
“The CCRT is composed of campus and community partners, students, faculty and staff,” said Mather Center Executive Director Angela Clark-Taylor, also the principal investigator of the campus grant. “The team works to provide inclusive, culturally competent, and research-based education, training and response efforts to reduce dating and domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking on CWRU’s campus.”
Unhealthy relationships can take on many forms. It can look like controlling finances, monitoring phone use, physical and sexual violence or isolating from friends and family. Knowing the signs can help people recognize when someone might need support and prevent the escalation of abuse.
“We all have a role to play in preventing domestic violence and supporting those who are affected,” said Marina Giannirakis, the Mather Center’s director of violence prevention and response. “This can look like attending an event, participating in a training, donating to a local domestic violence shelter or advocating for stronger protections for survivors with your local government.”
If you or someone you know may be in an unhealthy situation, please reach out to the resources below.
Student Advocate for Gender-Based Violence (confidential)