Upcoming Events

Upcoming V.A.S. Events

Download the full Domestic Violence Awareness Month Calendar.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies: Feminist & Queer Artist Trading Card Workshops

When: October 1st, 2014        

Time: 4:30pm-6pm

Location: Reavis 103

Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) are small works of original art that anyone can make! We will provide cards, collage materials, markers, and other fun materials for you to use. Feel free to bring your own materials as well. Exhibit your creations in our ATC show in Spring 2015!

NIU Police & Public Safety-R.A.D. Self Defense Training Sessions

When:  Friday’s October 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st

Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm

Location: Grant Tower D Formal

This class is free for all NIU Students, Faculty, and Staff!  This 12 hour course will train women in techniques for defending themselves against attacks and attempted abduction.  This nationally credited program was created by Rape Aggression Defense Systems to help revoluntionize our culture through education and empowerment.  Participants will need to register in advance for this program, for more information and registration, please contact Detective Jason McCauley at jmccauley@niu.edu 815-753-1212

Take Back The Night

When: October 14, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Location: MLK Commons

Take Back the Night is a rally and march that raises awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault and helps spread the message that these issues will not be tolerated in our communities! Together we can change our culture and build a society where all people are safe and respected.


When: Beginning October 1, 2014

Time: Between the hours 8:00am – 4:30pm Monday – Friday

Where: Evans Field House rm. 154 (HopeLine Kiosk)

Health Enhancement &Victim Advocacy Services is teaming up with the Verizon Wireless HopeLine program, which turns no-longer-used wireless phones into support for victim/survivors of domestic violence. A cell phone can serve as a vital link to emergency or support services in a time of crisis or as a safe connection to employers, family, and friends as victim/survivors rebuild their lives. Not only can you help by allowing phones to become refurbished for victim/survivors of domestic violence, but you can also help the environment by disposing of your wireless phones in an environmentally sound way. Victim Advocacy Services is collecting no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries, and accessories in any condition from any wireless service provider.  For more information, contact Victim Advocacy Services at (815) 753-9748.