Beginning today, Oct. 1, the Southeast campus community will observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the “Day of Unity” held in October 1981 and was conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The “Day of Unity” soon evolved into a week, and in October 1987, the first National Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed. In 1989, Congress officially designated October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
At Southeast we are a community that is committed to the prevention of interpersonal and sexual violence. We empower our campus through education on healthy relationships, bystander intervention, and shared responsibility to promote the safety and well-being of all members. We encourage all faculty, staff and students to become involved in our campus efforts to create a safe and supportive culture. This semester through the Office of Counseling and Disability Services and the Campus Violence Prevention Program (CVPP), a variety of events will be held to raise awareness about the components of healthy relationships and to support survivors of domestic, dating, and sexual violence. When interpersonal and sexual violence does occur, Southeast provides a variety of supportive resources. More information on the dynamics of interpersonal and sexual violence and a list of upcoming events to commemorate Domestic Violence Month are available on the Campus Violence Prevention Program website at: https://semo.edu/ucs/violence-prevention/index.html.
Persons who believe they have been subjected to, witnessed, or have knowledge of gender-based or sexual misconduct have the right to report confidentially or to file a report with a Southeast official or to go directly to the police. Southeast has confidential and non-confidential reporting options of incidents of domestic and/or sexual violence. Contact information for both forms of reporting can be found at: http://www.semo.edu/itsonus/. Emergency confidential support from the Campus Violence Prevention Program (CVPP) can be accessed after-hours, over the weekend and during holidays at: (573) 986-6899, by email at CVPP@semo.edu or via text at (573) 427-2877 (non-emergency only). Incidents may also be reported 24 hours a day to Campus Police at (573) 651-2911.