Relationship Violence Awareness Month

Everyone deserves safe and healthy relationships.

During the month of October, Pitt comes together to recognize and support the members of our community who have been affected by relationship violence and all forms of sexual misconduct.  As a community, we also work to promote healthy relationships and provide education to help people recognize the signs of an abusive relationship.

Please join us this October, and every month, as we work to make Pitt a safer and more inclusive place.

Students hold signs during the sexual violence resource fair Whiteboard with examples of signs of an unhealthy relationship

October Events and Opportunities

Here to Help: A Sexual Misconduct Resource Fair

Friday, October 8th | 3:00pm-4:00pm

PAAR Advocate Walk-In Hours

The Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is excited to partner with Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR) to offer confidential walk-in services with PAAR survivor advocates.  PAAR advocates will be on campus to provide in-person support to any student, staff or faculty member who has experienced or been affected by sexual misconduct.  All PAAR walk-in hours will be hosted in a private office space.   PAAR provides trauma-informed, inclusive services.

PAAR Walk-In Hours (A Confidential Resource)

  • Thursday, October 14th | 1pm-4pm | Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (2nd Floor Webster Hall)
  • Wednesday, October 27th | 9:30am- 12:30pm | Disability Resources and Services (140 WPU; take the elevator to the 1st floor) 

Email Carrie Benson ( with questions.

Preventing Sexual Misconduct and Supporting Survivors: Lessons Learned from Black Women in Academia

Monday, October 11, 2021 | 12:30pm-1:30pm

Join Dr. Lynissa Stokes as she reviews her research focused on preventing sexual misconduct and supporting survivors.  This presentation will discuss her interviews with Black women in academia.  There will be time for audience discussion.

Student Workshop: Healthy Relationships

Wednesday, October 13th | 7pm-8pm

Join Pitt's SAFE peer educators for a workshop designed to help students identify the characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships.  Information will be provided for supporting peers who have been affected by dating violence or abuse.

My Voice Has Power: A Bystander Conversation

Tuesday, October 19th | 9:30am-11:00am

This discussion-based session is designed to help community members recognize and respond to harassment and discrimination on a college campus. Participants will learn and share tips for how to intervene or act as an ally. Case scenarios will be discussed throughout the session with an emphasis on relationships.

Faculty and Staff Workshop: Supporting Survivors of Sexual Misconduct

Wednesday, October 20th | 9:30am-11:30am

Join Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR) and the Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Office for a webinar designed to help faculty, staff and graduate students best support survivors of sexual misconduct on Pitt’s campus. The webinar will discuss the effects of trauma, how to respond to disclosures of sexual violence, how to provide ongoing support and Pitt specific resources.  This training is offered through the Survivor Support Network.

Student Workshop: Supporting Survivors of Sexual Misconduct

Wednesday, October 20th | 7pm-8pm

This workshop with Pitt's SAFE peer educators provides students with a basic framework and tools they can use to support survivors of sexual assault in their lives. This workshop covers how to support a survivor and will go in depth about resources available to survivors of sexual violence on campus and in the Greater Pittsburgh region.

Staff and Faculty Workshop: Preventing and Responding to Sexual Misconduct

Tuesday, October 26th | 1pm-3pm

This virtual workshop is designed to promote a common and consistent understanding and application of the University of Pittsburgh policies, standards, and processes with regard to sexual misconduct. Participants will leave this workshop with an enhanced awareness of the various forms of harassment, sexual misconduct and domestic violence as well as their responsibility to promote a culture of prevention and safety for all.

Healthy Relationships Fair

Friday, October 29th | 2:30pm-4:00pm

Stop by the William Pitt Union lawn for self-care items and educational materials.  Pitt community members can pick up grounding items, awareness building giveaways and snacks.  We will also have interactive activities to help community members identify what safe and healthy relationships look like to them.

Join Project Healing Sideways

Project Healing Sideways (PHS) is a survivor-ally collaborative  determined to integrate the effects of trauma on health with the use of empowerment in all forms of healing, with a special focus on Intimate Partner Violence outreach. Our focus is on project-based initiatives and equity, meaning members can decide upon their own level of involvement and participate in/lead various projects centered around advocacy and education, engagement, policy, professional development, and wellness. We pride ourselves on our innovation and special interest in transformative healing, having had participated in the Pitt 2021 Diversity Forum for our structural model "hidden empowerment". PHS is looking for members, undergrad to professionals, interested in critically looking at Pitt’s climate and the stigma surrounding IPV and are excited to host a week of engagement and awareness in validation of Intimate Partner Violence Awareness Month.

To learn more about PHS, email