Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women – more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is a terrifying fact. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In order to raise awareness about Domestic Violence, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has created events such as the Clothesline Project. These events are put on by the Title IX Office, Dean of Students Office, Housing and Residence Life, and the Women’s Ambassador Program. Using T-shirts, the Clothesline Project visualizes and bring awareness about information about domestic violence that is often not talked about. The goal of this project is to make one aware of the reality of domestic violence.
Domestic violence, also known as intimate partner violence (IPV), dating, or relationship violence, includes physical, sexual, and economic and/or psychological abusive behavior that is prominent with physical violence or implications of violence. IPV can be recognized if one partner is trying to take control of the relationship by being overly dominant physical, sexual, and using verbal or emotional abuse. It can also be recognized from stalking, abuse, threatening comments, or acts. This behavior can lead to physical, emotional, sexual, economic, and psychological harm, or death. IPV can affect anyone of any race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, etc.
The Clothesline Project supports and gives a voice to survivors. The project gives out information on how to prevent domestic violence, how to recognize the signs, and what to do in this situation. Stations were set up at different locations during the week. On Monday, Oct. 7th, Tuesday, Oct. 8th, and Wednesday, Oct. 9th, from 11 a.m-1 p.m, the Clothesline Project was outside of the Student Union. The Clothesline Project was also outside of the Mingus Mountain Complex, T2 and Thumb Butte, and The Village from 6:00 p.m – 7:30 p.m on the same days.
Students across campus are showing their support for this initiative. Resident Assistant (RA) and Prescott student Robbie Konieczny stated, “Embry-Riddle students are proud to support domestic violence awareness.” According to another RA, Carlos Rodriguez, “Embry-Riddle RA’s are always open to talk. There is no tolerance here at Embry-Riddle for domestic violence.” The RA community, among others on campus, are strong proponents of raising awareness of the damage caused by domestic violence and advocate kindness towards survivors. Domestic violence will not stop until everyone is aware of their actions, and holding every individual on campus accountable is the first step.
On Monday, Oct. 14th, the shirts will be presented outside of Earhart’s Dining Hall. If you know someone experiencing IPV, let them know you are concerned for their safety, acknowledge the situation and how complicated it is, listen to them, be supportive and do not judge. Encourage them to seek counseling, support groups, and to talk to people. If there is paramount danger, call 911. If you would like to report IPV, contact Counseling Services at 928.777.3312 or Dr. Liz Frost, Title IX Coordinator at 928.777.3747. Prescott Police Department, Prescott Valley Police Department, Chino Valley Police Department, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Department, Yavapai Family Advocacy Center, and Stepping Stones are also available. Other hotlines include the ERAU Women’s and Diversity Inclusion, ERAU Campus Safety and Security, Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (ACESDV) Legal Advocacy, 24-HR National Domestic Violence Hotline, and the RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network.