by Aisha Bowen
According to 2014 study by Center for Disease Control (CDC), non-Hispanic Black women have the highest homicide-suicide rates caused by domestic violence (cdc.gov). Approximately one third of these women were in the 18-29 year old age group (cdc.gov). As such, it is imperative for Historically Black Colleges and Universities to both educate and support students about issues affecting thousands of women in the Black community at large. Today’s MSI Monday Morning Line Up highlights 6 programs with domestic violence awareness support programming
1) Southern University (HBCU)—Baton Rouge, LA
Southern University’s Law Center has created a Divorce and Domestic Violence Clinic to support and assist “victims of family abuse in City and District court” (sulc.edu). In addition to supporting victims with legal assistance, the clinic exposes aspiring domestic violence attorneys to intricate role they play in a domestic violence legal matter. Learn more about Southern University’s Divorce and Domestic Violence Center here.
2) Winston-Salem State University (HBCU)—Winston-Salem, NC
Winston-Salem State University has an entire department dedicated to supporting victims of interpersonal violence. The Department of Interpersonal Violence (DIV) provides services to students in the following areas: “experiencing domestic violence, dating and violence, social media violence and other personal threats” (wssu.edu). In addition to on-campus support, this department also provides referrals to students seeking support from other community-based programs. Workshops and trainings are also administered to WSSU community. Learn more about the great work DIV does to support students here.
3) Tennessee State University (HBCU)—Nashville, TN
Tennessee State University has an entire Women’s Center dedicated to “promot[ing] gender equity by raising awareness of women’s and gender issues, women’s leadership, and celebrating women who challenge, motivate, and inspire” (source). One of the key services provided is support for victims of interpersonal violence. This center also encourages collaboration within the division of Student Affairs to raise awareness about domestic violence prevention. Ultimately, the Women’s Center serves as a safe for female students on campus to study, relax, receive support, and even support others in the community. Learn more about TSU’s Women’s Center here.
4) Bennett College (HBCU)—Greensboro, NC
Bennett College has made significant strides in supporting victims of domestic violence through their recent partnership with the Office of Violence Against Women at the Department of Justice. Bennett, in consortium with NC A&T and Shaw University, received a $497,242 grant “to promote awareness and prevention for Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking on the college campuses” (bennett.edu). This project has been named R.I.S.E.– Resource Intervention Services & Education. Visit these HBCU websites or click here to learn more about R.I.S.E.’s work on each campus.
5) Bethune Cookman College (HBCU)—Daytona Beach, FL
Bethune Cookman University’s Domestic Violence Empowerment Council’s (D.V.E.C) was created to “educate and empower men and women to overcome the tragedies of domestic violence” (cookman.edu). D.V.E.C. provides support to BCU community members by offering counseling, holding forums/seminars and providing a safe space for BCU students to share their experiences with peers who’ve had similar experiences. Learn more about the support D.V.E.C. provides here.
6) Hampton University (HBCU)—Hampton, VA
Hampton University’s Office of Violence Against Women (HU AWARE) is a key coordinator for sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking prevention events. HU AWARE Student Advocates also partner with other campus organizations to collectively raise awareness to a broader audience. Additional community organizations such as The Center for Sexual Assault Survivors, Inc. and Transitions Family Violence Services to create an education curriculum to disperse to students throughout the academic year. Learn more about HU AWARE and ways to support on their website.