Why would I choose to do a School of Public Affairs newsletter recounting the events of Domestic Violence Awareness Month? It seemed pretty limited in its appeal especially to those alumni who had Master of Public Administration degrees, until I actually got involved.
At the beginning of the month, Dr. Katie Kaukinen, Associate Professor at the School of Public Affairs and Dr. Susan Swank, a psychologist at the University Counseling Center, spoke at the Rocky Mountain College Health Association Conference. The Rocky Mountain College Health Association is the regional affiliation of the American College Health Association (http://www.acha.org/), a group whose advocacy webpage is headed “Speak out, Change Policy, Shape the Future. This heading is then explained, “ACHA's Advocacy Coalition continually identifies advocacy issues that are important to those in the college health field and provides members with up-to-date information concerning relevant public policy issues affecting college health.” So this presentation to the RMCHA on “Interpersonal Violence in the Lives of Students: Addressing Dating Violence” was to an organization that advocates and shapes policy.
Dr. Katie Kaukinen spoke later in the month to the UCCS community on the fact that domestic violence laws are working and statistics show sharp declines in violence against women over the past 30 years; however, she also noted that a recent shooting at Seal Beach, California and efforts by Topeka, Kansas to discontinue domestic violence prosecutions in the wake of a municipal budget shortfall serve as examples of why community leaders must be vigilant. Again, the connection to public affairs is obvious. (http://communique.uccs.edu/?p=4951)
On October 25, individuals from a variety of offices on the UCCS campus from Public Safety and MOSAIC to Campus Recreation and Recruitment gathered for an activity “In Their Shoes,” a scenario based activity designed to help participants experience what dating violence and domestic violence can be like to the victim. What became obvious to those who attended is that domestic violence impacts schools, universities, social services, police departments even city structures and makes blatant their weaknesses and strengths.
Finally, “Reviving Ophelia” was shown to students. What followed was a “powerful” conversation among students revealing how pervasive the problems of domestic and dating violence are.
Domestic and dating violence is an important topic for everyone.
All activities during Domestic Violence Awareness Month were funded by the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) through the U.S. Office of Justice Programs (OJP).
Domestic violence laws work; professor encourages continued diligence
While statistics show sharp declines in violence against women over the past 30 years, vigilance is required to prevent a return to when domestic violence was not considered a crime, a UCCS faculty member said Thursday.
Katie Kaukinen, associate professor, School of Public Affairs, shared the results of her analyses of 28 years of data from the National Crime Victimization Survey as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities on campus. In between statistics, criminal justice, and feminist theories, Kaukinen interspersed current events to illustrate importance and the complexity of violence against intimate partner issues.
The Rocky Mountain College Health Association Conference, “Take a ‘Peak’ at College Health September 30-October 1, 2011, was presented by Colorado College and University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Speaking at the conference on “Interpersonal Violence in the Lives of Students: Addressing Dating Violence” from UCCS were Dr. Catherine Kaukinen, Associate Professor at the School of Public Affairs and Dr. Susan Swank, Staff Psychologist at the University Counseling Center.
Activity re-focuses participants on victims' choices and decisions
On October 25, individuals from all offices of the UCCS campus from Public Safety and MOSAIC to Campus Recreation and Recruitment gathered for an activity “In Their Shoes,” a scenario based activity designed to help participants experience what dating violence and domestic violence can be like to the victim.
Movie opens avenue for exchange of personal experience
On October 18 as part of the Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities, the movie Reviving Ophelia was shown to over 40 students.
In “Reviving Ophelia,” sisters Marie (Jane Kaczmarek) and Le Ann (Kim Dickens) have always leaned on one another through life’s challenges, but discover they need each other more than ever as they navigate the complexities of understanding and raising their teen daughters.
A program that allows UCCS faculty, staff, students and alumni to display school pride on vehicle license tags will celebrate its first anniversary with a sale enabling purchasers to save $25 on orders placed before December 31.
Jennifer Hane, director, Alumni Relations, announced the birthday celebration as part of efforts to sell at least 500 license tags, the minimum required by the Department of Revenue for the program to continue.