Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

In 1989, Congress passed Public Law 101-112 designating October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. MUSC seeks to support survivors, remember victims, and raise awareness about intimate partner violence (IPV) throughout the year, but also specifically in October with events and educational programs.

To learn about resources available to victims and survivors of IPV, as well as resources for those working with those impacted by IPV, please visit the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence website or the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault website. Additional on-campus and community resources are also available on MUSC's Title IX page.

Please mark your calendars for the following events occurring on campus, virtually, and in the community:

  • Purple Pinwheel Display
    October 1-31, 2023
    Charleston Medical District Greenway
    We honor the lives of those lost to domestic violence in South Carolina during the past year by displaying purple pinwheels. 
  • Intimate Partner Violence Press Conference
    October 3, 2023, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital, Room 7008
  • Town Hall: Empowering Community
    October 5, 2023, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    Keith Summey Library, North Charleston
    Join My Sister's House in a meaningful, guided town hall forum with Lowcountry domestic violence victim service partners, focused on discussing opportunities for engagement and building stronger pathways to survival. The event is free, but an RSVP is requested.
  • 5 to Survive: 5K Run & Memorial Mile Walk
    October 14, 2023, 9:30 a.m.
    Wannamaker Park
    Join My Sister’s House’s annual 5K Run/walk and Memorial Mile Walk to show support for victims and survivors of intimate partner violence. This is a family-friendly event. Register and learn more here.
  • Intimate Partner Violence Awareness Display
    October 18, 2023
    MUSC Horseshoe
    A display will be located in the Horseshoe to honor the lives lost in South Carolina to intimate partner violence during the past year. Members of the MUSC Advocacy Program and Forensic Nursing team will be available to answer questions.
  • Non-Fatal Strangulation: What Survivors Want You To Know
    October 24, 2023, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    In person and virtual
    Seminar with law enforcement educator Brian Bennett. Continuing Education (CE) credits are available for law enforcement (1.5 hours) and social workers (2 hours).
    Register to attend the seminar virtually here.