October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence is an issue that permeates all communities, including our college campus. Often, domestic violence is thought of as a "women’s issue", but there is a growing body of evidence to show that queer and trans folks are at increased risk for experiencing domestic violence at rates equal to or higher to cisgender women. At UNLV we are one of the most diverse campus communities in the nation, and as such we’d like to take a moment to recognize that those who are most vulnerable to domestic violence are those who occupy marginalized identities. We also know that assigning an issue to those impacted removes accountability. All of us should be invested in safe and healthy relationships.
Domestic violence often propels victim-survivors and their families into response systems that have caused harm to marginalized individuals and communities. This October, the Care Center and UNLV want to recognize and center the lived experiences of those most vulnerable to violence and systemic racism and oppression, acknowledging that paths to healing and justice look different depending on lived experience and identity.
The Care Center will host the fall 2021 Take Back the Night event from 5-6:30 p.m. Oct. 19.
Take Back the Night is an event to empower survivors of violence to create community, to share experiences, and to foster a path for healing. At this virtual event we’ll be creating awareness about dating, relationship, and family violence, as well as engaging with poet Andres Sanches to learn about how poetry can be a storytelling tool for healing from trauma. To register, visit the event website. All attendees will also receive a hard copy of our Student’s Guide to Radical Healing.