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Raising awareness about issues related to domestic & dating violence

RAD Program Dates February 9, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Women's Studies Intern @ 11:58 am

UNC-Chapel Hill’s Department of Public Safety  recently released the dates for its next RAD class, which is taking place throughout the Spring 2012 semester.  RAD, or Rape, Aggression, and Defense, is a comprehensive hands-on self defense training for women.  The instructional objective of the program is “to develop and enhance the options of self defense, so such options become viable considerations to women who might be attacked.”  Participants meet five separate times throughout the semester.  The next RAD class is scheduled for the following dates and times:

Wednesday, Feb. 29th                         6:30 – 8:30 PM

Wednesday, March 14th                      6:30 – 8:30 PM

Wednesday, March 21st                      6:30 – 8:30 PM

Wednesday, March 28th                      6:30 – 8:30 PM

Wednesday, April 4th                          6:30 – 8:30 PM

Please visit to find out more about the program.  The registration form can be found at  RAD is a great opportunity for all female students, faculty, and staff at UNC!

Class sizes are limited to twenty participants, so make sure to sign up soon if you are interested!


Holiday Closings December 23, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Elizabeth Johnson @ 8:55 am

Our office will be closed on Monday December 26 and Tuesday December 27 for the Christmas holiday.  We will re-open on Wednesday December 28 at 9:00 am.  We will also be closed on Monday January 2, re-opening on Tuesday January 3 at 9:00 am.  As always, our hotline is open 24/7/365 at 919 929 7122 for crisis counseling, shelter referrals, and other resources.


LUNAFEST a success! November 8, 2011

Filed under: fundraisers,Uncategorized — Women's Studies Intern @ 10:28 am

This year’s LUNAFEST was a great night! We sold approximately 150 tickets and had a good turn out. The short films were truly inspirational and thought provoking. Thanks so much to everyone who came out! A special thanks to Alpha Chi Omega for providing the delicious cupcakes and all the volunteers who helped out as well!

If you attended the event but did not get a chance to fill out the survey, please take a few minutes to do that here now. We hope you all enjoyed LUNAFEST as much as we did and look forward to seeing you again next year!


Cargo: Innocence Lost film screening October 4, 2011

Filed under: human trafficking,Uncategorized — Women's Studies Intern @ 1:00 am

Carolina Women’s Center is hosting a film screening:

Cargo: Innocence Lost

Monday, October 24 

The Arts Center, 300-G East Main Street, Carrboro, NC.

The film documents the stories of the millions of people bought, sold, and traded every day, most of them ending up in the United States every year, invisible to the general public. Of all the people brought into the country, 70% are women and children. The film tells the stories of these people, interspersed with interviews of top national officials, two victims that were trafficked from Mexico into Texas, and the story of an Eastern European girl brought into San Francisco to work in a brothel.

North Carolina, as a state, is particularly vulnerable to sex trafficking. Please come out to view the film and engage in discussion to learn more about local and global effects of the sex trafficking industry.

The night will begin with registration from 6:00-6:45

7-8:30: Welcome from state senator Ellie Kinnaird and Cargo film screening

8:30-9:00: Q&A with Dr. Donna Bickford of the CWC

The film is free, however donations will be accepted at the event.


FVPC is Moving! September 26, 2011

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We are moving! As of Tuesday October4, 2011 we can be reached at our new address: 

207 Wilson Street, Chapel Hill, NC.

This is an exciting move providing us with new opportunities in terms of client services and community education events that we can offer.

Wilson Street is located off of West Cameron Avenue via Columbia Street and just a street away from The Carolina Inn. We are two doors down from The Carolina Women’s Center. It is an easy walk from downtown Chapel Hill and the UNC campus.

Keep a look out for an open house for the new facility closer to the holidays!

Thank you for the support and please share the new address with others.


LUNAFEST returns… September 22, 2011

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LUNAFEST® is an evening of short films created by, for, and about women. These short films range in topic from actual events and brief documentaries to creative explorations into what being a woman is really like. LUNA, The Whole Nutrition Bar for Women, created LUNAFEST to simultaneously promote women filmmakers, raise awareness for women’s issues and support nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada.

This  is an annual event and includes more than 150 film screenings across the country. It is being held as a fundraiser for the sponsoring organization, the Family Violence Prevention Center of Orange County, and for the Breast Cancer Fund. This year’s screening will be held at The Varsity Theatre on October 27th.

Advance tickets are $5 for students and $10 for general admission and will be available at FVPC office starting Wednesday 10/5.  Tickets at the door are $7 and $12.  Click here to watch the trailer and to get more details.


IPV Resources: Back to School Edition August 26, 2011

With students back at the Hill and starting fall semester classes this week, our sleepy summer town is now buzzing with activity. Unfortunately, the beginning of the school year can mean an influx of incidences of interpersonal violence. College students are particularly affected by violence – the National Institute of Justice found that rape or attempted rape could affect as many as 25% of college women by the time they graduate. And around 13% of college women have been affected by stalking, although only 17% of these have reported it to the police.

There are many resources available on campus for survivors of abusive relationships, sexual assault and stalking. Some of these are described below, but for more details about UNC and community resources, check out the brand-new SAFE@UNC website, which combines all of the available information in one place. All resources listed below are available to all survivors, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation, but if you are concerned about seeking help because of your identity, contact UNC’s LGBTQ Center for guidance.

If you are involved in an abusive relationship:

  • If you have been physically assaulted, consider seeking medical attention at UNC Campus Health or UNC Hospitals, which houses Beacon, a program specifically for relationship violence survivors.
  • Consider reporting any assault to the University through the Dean of Students office or to law enforcement. There are several types of reports available, depending on your comfort level and whether you want to press charges through Honor Court and/or the criminal justice system.
  • If you have questions about your rights under the law, give us a call: 929-7122.  FVPC offers court accompaniment and advocacy for folks in an abusive relationship who are trying to negotiate the legal system or obtain a 50B– a Domestic Violence Protective Order.
  • Seek counseling at UNC Counseling and Wellness Services. CWS accepts walk-ins Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

If you have been sexually assaulted:

  • If you have been sexually assaulted, consider seeking medical attention at UNC Campus Health or UNC Hospitals, which has a care program specifically for sexual assault survivors. You will be given the opportunity to undergo forensic testing for evidence, as well as STI testing and a course of preventive medication, the costs of which are covered for UNC students through the Victims’ Assistance Fund.
  • Consider reporting any assault to the University through the Dean of Students office or to law enforcement. There are several types of reports available, depending on your comfort level and whether you want to press charges through Honor Court and/or the criminal justice system. If you have questions about the legal process, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE.
  • Seek trauma counseling at UNC Counseling and Wellness Services. Also available is an open support group, Courage to Heal, for survivors to share their experiences on the journey to recovery.

If you are experiencing stalking:

  • If you feel unsafe in your living environment, safe rooms are available for short-term stay through the Residential Housing and Education office. Talk to your RA or community director, or call the Dean of Students office at 919-966-4042 during business hours for more information.
  • File a no-contact order through the University via the Dean of Students office.
  • Seek counseling at UNC Counseling and Wellness Services.

If you are struggling with academics because of any of the previous circumstances, discuss your options with the Dean of Students office.

If you’re interested in becoming a more effective supporter for loved ones who are survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking, become a UNC HAVEN ally this fall! New training dates have just been announced, and you can register online. And becoming trained by the One Act program will empower you to prevent interpersonal violence in the first place.

Thanks for your efforts to help make the campus community a safer place for students, faculty and staff!