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A webinar series will be held across the University of Hawaiʻi 10-campus system, in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) in October 2023.

The 2023 DVAM Webinar Series is hosted by UH Title IX Offices systemwide, in collaboration with the UH System Office of Equity Assurance and the Office of the Vice President for Community Colleges Office of Compliance, EEO/AA and Title IX.

“This issue can impact anyone, regardless of race, gender, age, socio-economics, disability, or sexual orientation,” said UH President David Lassner in a September 26 email to the system announcing the DVAM series. “Please join us by standing behind UH’s commitment to ending intimate partner violence and taking time to explore all of the events being held across our 10 campuses.”

The DVAM webinars will highlight a range of relevant and timely topics, including the effects of domestic violence on children, the impact of disasters on families dealing with domestic violence, ways to support survivors of intimate partner violence and lighter topics such as unpacking the relationship dynamics in the movie Barbie.

The webinar series will also feature a crossover event for both DVAM and National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). In this special event, national and state experts will discuss the legal protections and accommodations for workers experiencing pregnancy and domestic violence.

The 2023 DVAM Webinar events (registration is required)

Accommodations for Pregnancy and Domestic Violence: Perspectives from the EEOC and the HCRC
Crossover event for DVAM and NDEAM (co-hosted by UH systemwide EEO Offices)
October 17, 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

The Wrong Kenergy: When is Kenough, Kenough? Unpacking Emotional Abuse in Barbie
October 17, 3 p.m.–4 p.m.

Lauren’s Promise: Supporting Survivors of Relationship Violence
October 24, 1 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

After the Fire: Disasters’ Impact on Families Dealing with Domestic Violence
October 25, 3 p.m.–4 p.m.

The Effects of Domestic Violence on Children
October 26, 12 p.m.–1 p.m.

Learn more about DVAM.

In 1989, Congress designated October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, officially recognizing the national movement to raise awareness and unite efforts to address intimate partner violence. In the most recent results, a 2021 Climate Survey by UH found that approximately 18.5% of students who had been in a partnered relationship while enrolled at UH reported experiencing intimate partner violence. The need for power and control takes many forms—including emotional, physical and financial—but the effects of abuse linger and can be felt across generations.

If you are experiencing intimate partner violence or any other type of sexual harassment or gender violence, please know that support services are available, including confidential help. UH is committed to maintaining and promoting safe and respectful campus environments free from sex discrimination and gender-based violence, and UH has adopted a policy prohibiting domestic and dating violence, as well as other forms of gender violence.

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