Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 1 marks the first day of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). This month, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) provides programming and awareness opportunities that not only educate our community about domestic violence and its impact, but also create moments of partnership and collaboration that will help to end domestic violence. This month, we’re focusing a segment of our programming on resources specific to the LGBTQ+ community, who often experience domestic violence at a statistically higher rate than those who identify as heterosexual. Since last November, the Human Rights Campaign has tracked nearly 40 people who identify as transgender who have lost their lives to fatal domestic or interpersonal violence because of their sex or gender-related identity.

There is a great deal more work to be done to end domestic violence, and we hope you’ll take this month as an opportunity to learn, reflect, and take action.

Policies, Resources, and Reporting

SAIC does not tolerate any form of domestic and dating violence. To learn more about SAIC’s policies, please read our Sexual Misconduct Under Title IX Policy and Policy Prohibiting Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking available at

Events and Programming

Please join the SAIC community for these upcoming programs:

DVAM Kick-Off
Friday, October 1, 11:30 a.m. CT, LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave., second floor
Join the Title IX office for a kick-off event filled with trivia and prizes centered around ending domestic violence.

DVAM Virtual Pop-Up Library
Monday, October 4
Visit the Virtual Pop-Up Library brought to you by the John M. Flaxman Library. Explore works that examine the myriad issues that address ending interpersonal violence. This pop-up provides electronic resources and readings for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, as well as links to physical library books. It provides general resources, but is also very relevant for Art Therapy and Counseling students. more info

DVAM Workshops: LGBTQ+ Legal Advocacy Lunch 'n' Learn
Tuesday, October 5, 12:00 p.m. CT
Join a 75-minute workshop presented by the Anti-Violence Project staff at the Center on Halsted as they discuss navigating the Order of Protection process in both civil and criminal court. more info

Tuesday, October 19, 12:00 p.m. CT
Join a 75-minute workshop presented by the Anti-Violence Project staff at the Center on Halsted as they review supplemental support services for LGBTQ+ survivors, including housing resources, victim’s compensation, pro bono attorney resources, and therapy. more info

DVAM Workshop: Understanding Interpersonal Violence and How to Support a Survivor
Thursday, October 14, 4:30 p.m. CT, Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., room 327
Join a 75-minute workshop on intimate partner violence and the ways to support a survivor of domestic violence. Together with our campus partner Greenlight Counseling Services, we will explore what interpersonal violence might look, feel, and sound like, as well as strategies and ways to support someone who has experienced domestic violence.

DVAM Workshop: Domestic Violence and Its Impact in the LGBTQ+ Community
Thursday, October 21, 4:30 p.m. CT
Together with our campus partner the Center on Halsted, we will explore the incidence and impact of interpersonal violence in the LGBTQ+ community and ways each of us can help end the interpersonal violence affecting this community. Click here to join on Zoom.

DVAM Pop-Up Art Show
Monday, October 25–Sunday, October 31, LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave., second floor
SAIC invites all interested students to submit their domestic violence-themed art for display in SAIC’s annual DVAM Pop-Up Art Show. Please submit your work for consideration to the DVAM Committee by 5:00 p.m. CT on Sunday, October 17. Please click here to submit your work.

Wear Purple for Domestic Violence Awareness
Thursday, October 28
SAIC invites all students, faculty, and staff to wear purple, the official color of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which symbolizes peace, courage, survival, and dedication to ending domestic and dating violence.

Update Your Signature

Join SAIC by including the SAIC End Domestic Violence logo in your email signature.

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D. Lance Lockett
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
116 S. Michigan Avenue, 12th floor
Chicago, IL 60603
P: 312-629-3381

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2021 DVAM Committee Members
Luma Akiti, Title IX Coordinator
Dio Aldridge, Special Assistant to the Dean and Provost on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Emris Brandt, Student Member
Sharon Cobbins, Human Resources and Title IX Administrative Coordinator
Betsy Katschke, Residence Hall Director
Laura Lamb, Director of Campus Life
D. Lance Lockett, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Chair
Alex O'Keefe, Research and Instruction Librarian
Lawrence Rodriguez, Director of International Affairs
Fernanda Carvalho Santos, Student Member
Teresa Sit, Art Therapist and Mental Health Promotion Specialist 

Thank you for your interest in learning more and supporting your fellow community members. Let's unite in solidarity against domestic and dating violence.