October was Domestic Violence Awareness month, and ISU covered the campus in resources and learning opportunities, encouraging students to learn and know red flags of dating violence. Over the course of last month, The Title IX Office (partnered with various other organizations throughout campus) did their part in covering the sensitive topic.
Posters were put up around main traffic areas of campus (with the encouraging note to take your phone out and take a picture of it to keep in case of emergencies). These posters included information for non-confidential resources (Title IX Office, University Public Safety, Dean of Students Office), confidential resources (Victim’s Advocate, Student Counseling Center, National Sexual Assault Helpline), and community resources (Terre Haute Police Department, Terre Haute Regional Hospital, Counsel on Domestic Abuse, Hamilton Center). Throughout October, Title IX also held educational programs and seminars. “Red Flag: An open discussion on red flags in a relationship” was a seminar that involved a facilitated discussion created by the One Love Foundation. The discussion involved a short film and a reaction and thoughts of the film. A Student Counseling Center staff member was present for people who wanted to discuss with a counselor. Similarly, another program held was titled “The signs were there for Gabby Petito: An open discussion on healthy and unhealthy relationships.” This program integrated the topic of dating violence with current events happening today, discussing the nation-wide Gabby Petitio Case and what could have been done to prevent it. The Title IX Office also held a table in the Dede Plaza, conducting an event called “These Hands Don’t Hurt,” where students could stamp their painted hands on the banner as a pledge to commit to non-violent relationships. A couple of years ago, Indiana State took the domestic violence national slogan of “It’s On Us” and centered it on the campus, naming it “It’s On Blue.”
As important as it is to understand and acknowledge domestic violence, it is just as important to know how to report if you or someone you know has been assaulted or abused. Stephannie Gambill, The Title IX Coordinator at ISU, explains the reporting process. “Most of our reports about dating violence come from two sources.” Gambill explains. “Residential Life, if a student experiences something in one of the university-operated residential buildings, and from local police departments such as the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department and the Terre Haute Police Department. Many students don’t know this, but our student code of conduct covers our students wherever they are, even off campus. They could get into a dating violence scenario off-campus, and those police departments share those reports with our police department and then they get sent to me at the Title IX office.”
Students can report anonymously to the non-confidential resources listed previously, or they can attend to confidential resources to seek help and guidance.
If you think you or someone you know has been a victim of domestic abuse or harassment, you can anonymously report to the following:
Stephannie Gambill, Title IX Coordinator - 812-237-8954
Deputy Title IX Coordinator - 812-237-9662