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.

Wear Purple Day

We invite members of the Columbia community to join us for Wear Purple Day, Thursday October 18, to highlight the issue of relationship violence and to show support to survivors among us.


We sponsor a number of events on issues related to sexual and intimate partner violence. Please join us at events planned to mark Relationship Violence Awareness Month.

  • October 1: The Men at the Table with Columbia Professor Jack Halberstam¬†see more
  • October 3: . From Aww to Ugh:¬†The Masking of Romantic Relationships¬†
  • October 11: Gibney: Hands are for Holding see more
  • October 19: #OurKidsareDating: Talking about Relationships with Teens and Young Adults
  • October 25: RelationShorts
  • October 30: #WhyIStayed with Beverly Gooden see more

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.