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.

Turn Up the Volume

“Turn Up the Volume” is a year-long campaign to amplify the voices and conversations of communities who have been left out of the discussion around sexual and gender-based violence.

While there is growing awareness and action in communities across the country, often the people who are most affected aren’t always the voices that are heard. Starting with Relationship Violence Awareness Month and in key moments throughout the year (National Stalking Awareness Month in January and Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April), SVR will be presenting programming and events that "turns up the volume" on these issues to grow understanding and show support.


SVR sponsors a number of events on issues related to sexual and intimate partner violence.

We would like to thank Columbia Dining for co-sponsoring all RVAM events. 

Turn up the Volume Block Party
September 30, 2019 | 6:30 p.m. 
Lerner Hall, Room 555

Turn Up the Volume on Disability & Sexual Consent
October 18, 2019 | 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Grace Dodge Hall,  Room 177 & 179

Turn Up the Volume on Interfaith Prevention of Relationship Violence Breakfast Roundtable Event
October 24, 2019 | 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Lerner Hall, Room 555

Turn Up the Volume on the Voices of Women of Color & Healthy Relationships
October 29, 2019 | 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Lerner Hall, Room 555
Hosted in partnership with the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Undergraduate Student Life

Turn Up the Volume on Healthy Relationships in Communities of Color
October 29, 2019 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lerner Hall, Room 555
Hosted in partnership with the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Undergraduate Student Life

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 on Thursday, October 24 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.

Read more about the resources we offer students.