Dear Members of the RBHS Community,
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and an appropriate time to reaffirm our responsibility to foster a culture of respect and understanding as we care for each other and our communities.
Over the coming weeks the Office for Violence Prevention & Victim Assistance (VPVA) will bring awareness to the issue and the impact of domestic violence by offering programming to promote healthy relationships and address attitudes that support the cycle of abuse.
This week, you will see posters and red flags displayed outside at our Newark and Piscataway campus areas as part of the Red Flag Campaign. These exhibits aim to aid in the identification of, and response to, problematic behaviors (“red flags”) that contribute to unhealthy relationships.
To bring attention to the issue of domestic violence we will Turn the Campus Purple in October by displaying purple ribbons and exhibits throughout our campus locations and by encouraging faculty and staff to wear purple throughout the month—but particularly for National Health Cares about Domestic Violence Day on October 16. The Office for Violence Prevention & Victim Assistance has organized several other interactive opportunities to express support for survivors and speak up against harassing, controlling, and/or violent behaviors. Please visit the VPVA website to learn more about these activities and available resources.
Violence thrives in silence. We hope these conversations will empower each of you to participate in active prevention of harmful behaviors and to support survivors and others in need. Thank you for doing your part to address relationship violence and to promote a healthy climate at RBHS.
Brian L. Strom, MD, MPH
Chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, Rutgers University