CSUB honors National Domestic Violence Awareness Month with campus events

September 29, 2008
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, kmiller26@csub.edu or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720, mnewell1@csub.edu

In recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, California State University, Bakersfield will launch a month-long series of events beginning with a special presentation Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 10 a.m. in the Albertson Room on campus.

The activities are sponsored by CSUB's Counseling Center, the Criminal Justice Club, University Police Department and the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault.

"I'm really excited that our campus is involved in these activities," said Janet Millar, CSUB interim director for the Counseling Center. "It clearly tells us that domestic violence doesn't happen to someone else. It shows us that we're all impacted."

Following an informational session, CSUB will offer ribbons for those who have been affected by domestic violence. The ribbons will be tied on trees around campus to raise awareness of domestic violence throughout the month.

CSUB's National Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities are as follows:

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m., Albertson Room

The official launch of CSUB's recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month begins at this special ceremony. Doris Hall, criminal justice professor, will lead a discussion about the effects of domestic violence on those who witness it. Also, join CSUB community members and tie purple ribbons on trees around campus to raise awareness of domestic violence prevention.

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 6:30 p.m., Student Union patio

Participants are invited to bring a poem or song they would like to recite in honor of victims of domestic violence.

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m., Business Development Center, room 154B

Visitors will join a discussion about domestic violence and the impact it has on first responders.

Friday, Oct. 24 through Sunday, Oct. 26

University Police will host the Rape Aggression Defense System class, a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. R.A.D. is not a martial arts program. University Police and staff are nationally certified instructors. They will teach the courses and provide each student with a workbook/reference manual. Make reservations by calling (661) 654-2111.

For additional information about the awareness month, please contact Millar at (661) 654-3366.