On top of helping to support the philanthropic causes of our fellow Panhellenic organizations, Alpha Chi Omega members are dedicated to raising awareness and educating others about domestic violence.
The 1992 Alpha Chi Omega National Convention marked the adoption of domestic violence awareness, an issue that affects women all over the world, as our national philanthropy. Together, we work to fight against unhealthy relationships and build healthy relationships. Members serve individuals and families impacted by domestic violence through fundraising and sharing gifts of time and talent with shelters and other service-providing organizations. Alpha Chi Omega also works to educate its own members, giving them tools to build their own healthy relationships, and to raise awareness of domestic violence by educating others on its impact and work being done to end it.
You can learn more about Alpha Chi Omega’s commitment to end domestic violence by exploring the following resources, programs and partnerships available to our members:
ANNUAL AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS
Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM)
DVAM is recognized nationally during the month of October. To fight against unhealthy relationships and build healthy relationships, Alpha Chi Omega headquarters provides a number of opportunities for members to highlight their service to individuals and families impacted by domestic violence, to educate themselves and others about healthy relationships, and to raise awareness of the cause. We provide several promotional items (e.g., pass-it-on cards, buttons) to members to raise awareness during tabling events, as well as an educational program or resource.
DVAM 2016 Materials
Healthy Relationships Week
The goal of Alpha Chi Omega's Healthy Relationships Week is to foster the development of healthy relationships and, in turn, prevent domestic violence and sexual assault. The week traditionally focuses on encouraging individuals to define what love means to them through the Love Is… campaign. The week's programming is open to all members and includes promotional items sent to collegiate chapters, social media posts and an educational program or resource. Healthy Relationships Week is celebrated in the month of February around Valentine’s Day. Healthy Relationships Week will be February 13-17, 2017.
Participate in the Love is… Campaign. It’s really simple; all you have to do is take a picture of yourself with a sign that says “Love is ____________”, which will include your personal definition of love. The best part is anyone can participate in this campaign – not just members of Alpha Chi Omega.
To encourage participation, all collegiate chapters will receive “Love is…” lollipops and promotional cards. These items should be passed out to others on campus throughout the week. This is a chance to spread awareness and education and to connect with the campus community. Use this as a photo opportunity and share on your chapter’s social media accounts. Don’t forget to use #healthyAXOlove and #AXO when posting your pictures to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and tag Alpha Chi Omega headquarters (@AlphaChiOmegaHQ).
Utilize great programming to educate ourselves and others about what healthy relationships look like and how to support ourselves and others when experiencing unhealthy relationships. You can host a number of programs that exist in the Resource Center including: Healthy Dating Relationships, Healthy Relationships, Let’s Get Clear on Consent, Evaluating Relationships 101, and The Love Labyrinth. Collegians and alumnae can host one of these programs in a chapter meeting, in a small group or in the community.
Get creative with your involvement. Healthy Relationships Week is a great time to educate our chapters and communities about healthy relationships. An excellent resource to help brainstorm great ideas to honor HRW is the loveisrespect National Youth Advisory Board’s Respect Week Guide. Post a flyer about healthy relationships on your campus, organize Wear Orange Day on February 14, chalk on sidewalks around your campus, create a PSA video or write a story/blog post. The opportunities are endless, and we ask that you lead the charge!
On Thursday, February 16, make plans with a sister! As part of Healthy Relationships Week, sisters worldwide are invited to come together for Alpha Chi Omega Night Out to connect with one another and celebrate our sisterhood.Our goal is to engage as many sisters as possible in a fun night (or day) of fellowship and sisterhood. Here are just a few ideas to get you started on your planning: coffee, drinks, brunch, doing something active, playdates, shopping in person or a Skype/FaceTime/phone call with a sister in another city, state or country. There is no expectation for what you should do, other to than enjoy the company of another Alpha Chi Omega!
Continue the conversation! While we promote HRW one week a year, we know that raising awareness and education about healthy relationships is a year around task. As Alpha Chi Omega, we are committed to this 365 day challenge. Don’t let the conversation stop after this one week is over; continue it within your chapter and community!
Let’s Talk Love
is a program designed to educate members on dating violence, sexual assault and healthy relationships. This program is provided to each chapter once every four years and is facilitated by an Alpha Chi Omega volunteer. Learn More >
Not Anymore is an engaging online program designed to educate members on sexual assault and relationship violence. Not Anymore is available to both collegiate and alumnae members and is incorporated into the new member education experience. Learn More >
Programs with Purpose
Programs with Purpose are ready-made programs (including facilitation guides and handouts) available for chapters to present to their members. They are built on learning objectives that help facilitate personal and chapter growth. Programs with Purpose not only focus on our values of wisdom, devotion and achievement, but also help women develop into strong Alpha Chi Omega members. Several of these programs have been developed to educate members on our national philanthropy. Programs related to domestic violence, sexual assault and healthy relationships include Evaluating Relationships 101, Healthy Dating Relationships, Dating Abuse 101 Toolkit, Let’s Get Clear on Consent, The Dynamics of Sexual Assault and Challenging Bystander Behavior.
Support a Sister Document
Alpha Chi Omega has created a resource with talking points for our members to help them feel prepared to respond to a sister or friend who chooses to disclose a sexual assault to them. A one-page resource sheet entitled “How to Respond and Support a Survivor” provides phrases and language that can be used when someone discloses an assault. There is also a space to provide local resources.
Domestic Violence Awareness Resource Guide
DVA Resource Guide provides information, direction and educational programming to assist chapters in making domestic violence awareness an integral part of chapter life. The guide focuses on resources to learn, plan and act.
Together, Alpha Chi Omega and Mary Kay are working to shed light on the issue of domestic violence, as well as resources and support available to those impacted. During the month of October, collegiate members use a variety of Alpha Chi and Mary Kay co-branded materials to promote the issue within their communities. Throughout the partnership, Mary Kay has sponsored speakers for convention and Leadership Academy, hosted a healthy relationships forum in conjunction with an Alpha Chi Omega collegiate chapter, and sponsored a Beauty 101 tour that visited campuses across the country.
The One Love Foundation
The One Love Foundation and Alpha Chi Omega have joined to help bring an end to relationship violence by educating, empowering and activating students in a movement for change on their campuses. The One Love Foundation provides educational information and tools for Alpha Chi Omega chapters across the country. Alpha Chi Omega uses these materials to promote healthy relationships within their chapters.
It’s On Us
Alpha Chi Omega is a member of the It’s On Us Greek Leadership Council, which brings together national fraternity and sorority leadership from across the country to shine a light on sexual assault prevention. The council will work to address internal policy changes to create an environment that supports survivors, as well as ensure that there are strong education and engagement initiatives that empower their local chapters to change the culture on their own campuses.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Kathleen Tucker, Assistant Director of Education and Leadership Initiatives.