Relationship Violence Awareness Month

October is Relationship Violence Awareness Month

Every October, Sexual Violence Response recognizes issues of violence in intimate relationships and the impact they have on all of us. Purple is the symbolic color for the month, and we light Alfred Lerner Hall in purple for the entire month to show our support for the prevention of relationship violence. We also do this to connect with communities across the country committed to this effort.

Relationship violence has no place in the Columbia community.


SVR sponsors a number of events on issues related to sexual and intimate partner violence. Watch for information about future events planned to mark Relationship Violence Awareness Month (RVAM).

Lights at Lerner

Purple is the symbolic color for RVAM. Every year, Alfred Lerner Hall is illuminated in Purple for the month of October in recognition.

Wear Purple Day

We invite members of the Columbia community to join us for Wear Purple Day in October to highlight the issue of relationship violence and to show support to survivors among us.

About Sexual Violence Response

Sexual Violence Response provides confidential, trauma-informed support through crisis counseling and intervention, advocacy, prevention, and outreach. Our mission is to eradicate all forms of gender-based violence. Through collective community action, the program is committed to social change and creating a culture of accountability.

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