Domestic Violence Awareness Month


The Intimate Partner Violence Working Group (IVPWG) at Emory invites you to participate in some or all of

the proposed events in honor of October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month.


The IPVWG formed in 2007 with a mission to increase awareness of intimate partner violence (IPV) defined

as physical, sexual, emotional, verbal, financial, medical, and spiritual abuse used to exert power and

control of one partner over another. The Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Working Group works to identify

strategies to increase awareness of and education about IPV for students, staff, and faculty with a reach

to the greater community. Their attention is also focused on promoting resources for assisting individuals in

abusive or neglectful partnerships.



Wednesday, October 21


Women’s Health and Wellness: Empowering Women to Have Positive Intimate Relationships

Paula G. Gomes, PsyD, from Faculty Staff Assistance Program will facilitate this discussion about the

ingredients of a healthy relationship. Upon leaving this seminar, you should have a clear idea of what

constitutes a healthy relationship for you, how to communicate effectively and in an assertive manner, and

how to recognize an abusive relationship.  All are welcome! Bring your lunch and a friend! Healthy snacks

will be served.  Center for Women, Cox Hall, third floor 12 - 1 p.m.





From the late 1970’s through present day, Take Back The Night events have been held by college and

university women’s centers, YWCA’s, rape crisis centers, community centers, high school student groups,

battered women’s shelters, and other organizations dedicated to helping women achieve safety and

empowerment. Events including candlelight vigils, speak outs, marches and rallies are held in all corners of

the globe. All events strive to bring awareness to the problem of sexual violence and support those who

have been victimized.



Take Back the Night is Hosted by Alliance for Sexual Assault Prevention at Emory. You can LearnLink them

for more information contact Aline Rafi at


Thursday, October 15, 2009

18th Annual Candlelight Vigil

Women’s Resource Center – Gazebo behind historic Decatur Courthouse

6:45-8:00 p.m.


Friday, October 16

TBTN Kick-off Band Party and Candle Light Vigil. McDonough Stage, 10 p.m.

Tuesday, October 20

Safe, Sane and Consensual: A conversation about Sex. Harland Cinema, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, October 21

Wonderful Wednesday Awareness and Resource Fair. Asbury Circle, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Wednesday, October 21

TBTN Speak Out and Rally. Emory Quad (Rain location: DUC Terraces), 5 p.m.


Thursday, October 22

Intimate Partner Violence and Faith Community

Grand Rounds for Chaplains – Sheryl Heron, MD, Wesley Woods, 10:30 a.m.


Thursday, October 29

Intimate Partner Violence and Emergency Medicine

Sheryl Heron, MD and Doug Loury, MD

Session for Emergency Medicine Residents – Grady Campus, Steiner Bldg Auditorium, 11:30 a.m.


Thursday, October 29

Domestic Violence Survivor Speak-Out

Gwinnett County Justice and Administration Center.




State Hotline for Domestic Violence:  1-800-33Haven

Center for Women