Violence Prevention Alliance
The Violence Prevention Alliance (VPA) is a volunteer-based interest group of campus and community leaders who are dedicated to:
- Promoting efforts to prevent victimization of USA students, faculty, staff and community members
- Identifying appropriate interventions aimed at reducing violence
- Providing educational programs that address violence in our community
Providing educational opportunities is an integral component to our mission.
Our mission is to create and sustain a collaborative, comprehensive community effort in reducing and eliminating violence, particularly sexual victimization and harassment.
Bro Code: A bystander intervention program for students that identify as male that is centered around healthy relationships and sexual assault prevention with free food and t-shirts and more.
Girls' Night Out: A four night conversational program for students that identify as female centered around healthy relationships, personal safety, communication, and self-esteem with prizes, free food, t-shirts and more.
The Escalation Workshop is an all gender inclusive event to raise awareness on relationship violence. This is a powerful, film-based workshop that opens people's eyes to the warning sigs of relationship abuse. This workshop is a program of the One Love Foundation, the national leader in educating about healthy and unhealthy relationships.
Some Examples of Past Programs:
- Domestic Violence Awareness Month: a month long program during October of every year that engages the conversation for domestic violence awareness and prevention.
- Not On Our Campus: Violence Prevention Forum: a community forum with a panel of local experts that allowed student and faculty and staff an outlet to discuss current events and violence prevention.
- Sexual Assault Awareness Month: a month long program during April of every year that engages the conversation about sexual assault prevention.
- The Clothesline Project: a national project that bears witness to violence against women and allows survivors and community members the opportunity to create t-shirts that are empowering and create awareness.
- Unblur the lines: an active consent conversation that was hosted during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
- Domestic Violence 101: a training session helping to connect students to information around Domestic Violence hosted with the Penelope House and Counseling and Testing Services.
- Walk Out Against Sexual Violence: a community walk on campus to raise awareness regarding sexual violence.
- Perk Up and Speak Out Against Sexual Violence: a sexual assault awareness event offering a cup of coffee and information/resources.
The VPA is open to all faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students at the University of South Alabama. To learn more about participating, email the VPA Chair email@example.com.
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