Domestic violence is a prevalent issue, not just worldwide, but especially on college campuses. Over half of victims who report abuse say that they are abused by a girlfriend or boyfriend. One in five students have experienced domestic violence in some capacity. In fact, college age women experience a higher rate of partner violence than anyone else.
To bring awareness to this issue, two female clubs at Oakwood, Legacy 31 and Faithful 15, collaborated to present several awareness-raising events during this past October, which was Domestic Violence Awareness Month. On October 21 at 2:00 p.m., several female students gathered at the Unity Pond for “Yoga in the Park,” a time for relaxation and reflection. On October 22, students gathered at Blake Center to car pool up to Green Mountain for an outdoor worship experience.
Students and community members were invited to a “Heeling Walk” on Sunday, October 23, to figuratively walk two miles “in the shoes” of those who have survived domestic violence.
The goal was to combat domestic violence at our HBCU by challenging men and women to walk a total of two miles.
On October 27, Crisis Services of North Alabama, the Madison County Taskforce Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault, and Oakwood University presented their annual candlelight service in Wade Hall, to celebrate survivors and honors those whose lives have been taken as a result of domestic violence. This year’s Candlelight Vigil also celebrated a special 10-year community partnership. Oakwood University was honored for its continued support and housing for the Candlelight Vigil since 2006. Approximately 50 individuals and supporters attended. Helen Fischle, MSW, Dean for Student Success, Academic Administration, coordinates the annual gathering.