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.
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.
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.