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Domestic violence awareness month set for WVU-P

PARKERSBURG — Domestic Violence Awareness Month will be observed at West Virginia University at Parkersburg this month.

The activities hosted by the WVU Parkersburg Criminal Justice student organization include a program about the Domestic Violence Clothesline Project and a speaker from the Family Crisis Intervention Center in Parkersburg.

Emily Larkins, executive director of the Family Crisis Intervention Center, will present “Domestic Violence: A Community Approach” from 12:15-1 p.m. Oct. 16 in the college theater. Larkins, who will discuss domestic violence and the center’s role, and representatives from the center will be available to speak with attendees after the presentation. Resources and information will be provided during the Clothesline Project display week.

The Domestic Violence Clothesline Project will be on display noon- 1 p.m. Oct. 21-24 in the Criminal Justice Simulation Lab in room 0404.

The clothesline project, which tells the stories of victims and survivors in the region, is an artistic display of T-shirts decorated by survivors of domestic violence or created in honor of someone who has experienced violence.

Since 1990, T-shirts reflect the experience of the creator and the color of each shirt identifies a particular instance of violence: white, those who have died as a result of violence; yellow, survivors of physical assault or domestic violence; red, pink and orange, survivors of rape or sexual assault; blue and green, survivors of incest or childhood sexual abuse; purple and lavender, those attacked because of their sexual orientation; brown and gray, survivors of emotional, spiritual or verbal abuse; and black, those who have been attacked or assaulted because of a disability.

“Each year, 12 million people suffer from intimate partner violence,” said Andrew Walker, WVU Parkersburg assistant professor and criminal justice student organization adviser. “Domestic Violence Awareness Month gives us an opportunity to remember victims and celebrate survivors of domestic violence. Hosting the Clothesline Project on campus brings the stories of victims and survivors to life and reminds us these are not faceless statistics. The events we have planned on campus to recognize this month also provide a connection to the existing services and resources in our community.”

The Criminal Justice student organization will collect hygiene products such as shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and toiletries for the Family Crisis Intervention Center. The center serves Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt and Wood counties.

Donations may be taken to the Simulation Lab or the Business, Accounting and Public Service Division office in room 1018.

For more information about the project or to donate, contact Walker at wwalker1@wvup.edu or 304-424-8429.

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