Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 3 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. 

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:

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Kick-Off
Date: Monday, October 3, 2022 
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. CT
Location: LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave., second floor

Domestice Violence Awareness Pop-Up
When: All Month Long
Where: Available anytime, from anywhere using this link.

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 request physical books for pick-up in the library.

Are you in a Healthy Relationship?
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. CT
Location: 37 S Wabash, Sharp 327

Everything Purple Day
Date: October 20, 2022
Show support for Domestic Violence awareness by wearing purple.  Take a photo and email it to

Shine Your Light
Date: October, 24, 2022
Show solidarity by lighting your flameless tea light in solidarity toward ending Domestic Violence across the Campus.  The Shine Your Light campaign symbolizes a personal commitment to fostering respectful relationships.  The color purple is drawn from the purple ribbon, a traditional symbol of awareness and remembrance.  Email for a purple flameless tea light candle.  First come first serve.

Update Your Signature

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

Signature Examples:


Verron Fisher 
Deputy Director of Title IX
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
116 S. Michigan Avenue, 12th floor
Chicago, IL 60603
P: 312-499-3904

SAIC End Domestic Violence Small JPG Logo with Purple Ribbon

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SAIC Take A Stand Large PNG Logo with Purple Ribbon

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2021 DVAM Committee Members
Verron Fisher, Deputy Director Title IX
Robert Babock, Ed. D - Director Title IX
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
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.