Violence Prevention

“Safety at Carolina: A Video on Campus Culture,” was created by Caroline Fish ’11, a CWC friend and supporter, and includes more than 15 interviews with UNC students, faculty and staff.

Creating a “safe” campus is about more than blue lights, self-defense, and safety tips. It requires creating a climate where no form of interpersonal violence is tolerated.

We do this by:

Working in partnership with campus and community organizations to coordinate education and response efforts.

We are active and involved members of two key campus and community coalitions, SARVTAE:  UNC’s Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Training and Education Task Force, and the Orange County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART).

Emphasizing prevention through collaborative educational programming.

SARVTAE Task Force Distributes "You Will Be Believed" T-Shirts

Members of the Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Training and Education (SARVTAE) task force distribute t-shirts telling survivors “You Will Be Believed.”

  • We helped develop the sexual assault presentation given at every CTOPS orientation session, making sure that students (and their parents) receive accurate information from the beginning of their time at UNC.
  • We work with our campus and community partners such as the Orange County Rape Crisis Center and Compass Center for Women and Families to plan educational programs related to violence prevention throughout the year, including annual activities for Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, Take Back the Night as part of Women’s/Gender Week in February, and Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April.
  • Center staff have co-taught a course in Women’s Studies devoted to leadership and violence prevention, which helps train students to become effective advocates and peer educators. We regularly serve as a placement site for APPLES service-learning students from this course.

Supporting survivors and expanding services.

October 2009 Silent Witness Exhibit

Figures from the October 2009 Silent Witness Exhibit tell the stories of college-age survivors of relationship violence.

  • In partnership with the Dean of Students Office and the Office of the Interpersonal Violence Prevention Coordinator we offer HAVEN trainings throughout the year. HAVEN aims to create a campus-wide network of informed allies for survivors of interpersonal violence.
  • We were part of the coalition advocating for DPS to begin taking anonymous reports in sexual assault cases when desired by the survivor.
  • We developed the SAFE@UNC web site.
  • We are part of the team which worked with University Communications and DPS to change the language of the safety tips provided in campus-wide emails to make them more relevant and less victim-blaming.
  • We have been part of ongoing efforts to advocate for shelter services for domestic violence victims in Orange County.