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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. During each week of October, the CGE will be exploring a different topic related to domestic violence. These weekly topics will lead up to a virtual Healthy Relationships workshop on October 28th hosted by PACE.

For more information about Domestic Violence Awareness Month, email itsonlutes@plu.edu

COVID-19 is having a large impact on all areas of life right now. To learn more about how COVID-19 is affecting survivors of domestic violence, you can read through Domestic Violence During COVID-19 presentation here.

Content Warning: This presentation contains discussion of physical violence, sexual violence, stalking, abuse

Domestic violence or Intimate Partner Violence, impacts many diverse relationship structures, sexualities, and gender identities. To learn more about how DV & IPV can uniquely affect members of the LGBTQ+ community, you can read through Domestic Violence and the LGBTQ+ Community here.

Content Warning: This presentation contains discussion of physical violence, sexual violence, stalking, abuse, homophobia, transphobia

Domestic violence can affect people of all gender identities. To learn more about how domestic violence can specifically impact men who are victims and survivors, you can read through Men as Victims and Survivors here.

Content Warning: This presentation contains discussion of physical violence, sexual violence, stalking, abuse

Recognizing the elements of healthy and unhealthy relationships is an important part of preventing domestic violence. To learn more, you can attend a Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships Workshop hosted by PACE.

PLU Gender-Based Violence Advocate

Nicole Jordan

Nicole Jordan, PLU’s Gender-Based Violence Advocate is a trained professional who can help explain your options, connect you to other resources, and assist you in making a formal report should you decide to do so.


Schedule an appointment with her here. 

What is Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)?

Historically called “domestic violence”, “intimate partner violence” describes physical, sexual, or psychological harm by a current or former intimate partner or spouse. This type of violence can occur among heterosexual or same-sex couples.

Violence by an intimate partner is linked to both immediate and long-term health, social, and economic consequences. Factors at all levels- individual, relationship, community, and societal, contribute to intimate partner violence. Preventing intimate partner violence requires reaching a clear understanding of those factors, coordinating resources, and fostering and initiating change in individuals, families, and society.

-National Institute of Justice

While PLU does not have a stand-alone policy for IPV, there do exist policies on sexual misconduct and violence prevention. Please visit PLU Student Rights and Responsibilities webpage for more information. The sections pertaining to Sexual Misconduct and Violence Prevention are particularly relevant.

PLU will uphold the Washington state policies and laws around the issue of IPV in order to protect its students and preserve their individual rights.

Intimate Partner Violence

Center for Disease Control – The Center for Disease Control is a website that provides information and resources on intimate partner violence.

IPV Fact Sheet – The IPV Face Sheet provides information on how to recognize and respond to intimate partner violence.

Healthy Relationship Checklist – The Healthy Relationship Checklist lists the signs of a healthy relationship.

Power and Control Wheel – The Power and Control Wheel can help individuals identify patterns of abusive and violent behavior in relationships.

24-hour Community Hotlines

Sexual Assault Center of Pierce County

Pierce County Domestic Violence Hotline

Other Campus Resources

Health Center * 253-535-7337
Counseling Center * 253-535-7206
Campus Safety 253-535-7441
Campus Ministry * 253-535-7464
Residential Life 253-535-7200
Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities 253-535-7195

* Confidential resource