Published: October 01, 2009
Domestic violence is a serious issue and the young women of Gamma Pi
chapter of Alpha Chi Omega are serious about spreading its awareness.
matter who you are, unfortunately, it’s one of those things that
touches everyone,” said Daniella Fusari, the sorority’s vice president
of membership development. “Our job it is to provide awareness and if
you know someone is afflicted by domestic violence, how to deal with
In a school-wide effort, the sorority is highlighting its
philanthropy of domestic violence awareness during Domestic Violence
Awareness Week, Oct. 5-8, with a series of events including an
informational table in Vaughn Lobby from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. where they
will be giving out purple ribbons and selling T-shirts for $10, proceeds
benefiting The Spring of Tampa Bay, a shelter for abused adults and
their children in Hillsborough County.
The sorority members will
be hanging banners in Plant Hall. On Oct. 8, they are hosting a speaker
from The Spring who will be presenting information about domestic and
teen dating violence at 8 p.m. in Fletcher Lounge. The PEACE Volunteer
Center will also being doing a “chalk the walk” of domestic violence
facts during the week.
Partnering with The Spring, the sorority is helping spread the nonprofit’s new campaign, Peace It Together.
month-long effort is targeting the community in understanding the rise
in domestic violence arrests and homicides during this economic
downturn. At UT, it involves the dance department supporting the effort
at the Oct. 21-24 Fall Dance Happening, with dance pieces about
relationships as well as prevention information in the program notes.
Chris Valle, an assistant art professor, is painting a mural on the side
of The Spring's Vintage Boutique, 3418 W. Swann Ave.
chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha and Rho Gamma chapter of Sigma Lambda Beta
are sponsoring a Love is Blind event Oct. 13 from 8-9:30 p.m. in the
Plant Hall Music Room with a guest speaker, interactive skits and
musical performances. They will also be collecting items for The Spring.
“We’ve seen a huge increase in teen dating violence and dating
violence in general,” said Amelia Marquardt, with Brock Communications
who is representing The Spring. Marquardt ’09 and Jessica Van Curen ’09,
also at Brock, are spearheading the Peace It Together Campaign. Lisa
Brock, who owns the public relations company, is a UT adjunct professor
and vice chairwoman of The Spring’s board of directors.
to focus on prevention, what you can do as a neighbor, a friend or
employee,” Marquardt said. “We are educating on the warning signs and
what resources are out there. It’s more than physical abuse. It can be
mental and emotional as well.”
Marquardt said one in four women
will experience domestic violence during her lifetime and approximately
three women and one man per day. Nationally, three women and one man
will die every day at the hands of their partners because of domestic
violence, she said, and women ages 20 to 24 are at the greatest risk of
experiencing non-fatal domestic violence.
“What it comes down to is respecting each other,” Marquardt said.
awareness isn’t unique to the Alpha Chi Omegas. Along with this
campaign, and with a mixed group of women from Delta Gamma, Delta Zeta,
non-Greeks and alumni, they have raised more than $30,000 for Susan G.
Komen for the Cure, with a team of 20 (UT Tatas) walking in the Breast
Cancer 3-Day starting Oct. 30, and will be carrying a flag during the
For more information on the month-long Peace It Together campaign, go to