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VAV Student Organization

VAV's sponsored student organization is open to any enrolled student at UT Austin. The VAV Student Org plans events during Relationship Violence Prevention Month (October) and Sexual Violence Prevention Month (April), including our annual survivor speak-outs: Breaking the Silence and Take Back the Night. Students organize volunteers during events and promote events and campaigns on campus via class announcements, social media and tabling on campus. We host conversations about current examples of interpersonal violence cases and prevention during our meetings.

We meet every Tuesday 6pm - 7pm in the POWER House, Student Services Building (SSB), Ground floor, G 1.400.

Learn more and join via the Facebook group: www.tinyurl.com/vavstudentorg

Become a Theatre for Dialogue Peer Educator

The VAV Theatre for Dialogue performances are presented by undergraduate and graduate UT Austin students who are trained through a year-long academic course sequence. Previous performance experience is NOT required to be in the class. Students learn about issues of interpersonal violence, rape culture, bystander intervention, and methods of applied and interactive theatre. Credit is available through the School of Social Work, Theatre and Dance, or Women's and Gender Studies.

Find out more here.

Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff can support the work of preventing and responding to interpersonal violence by announcing resources and events, linking to VAV and requesting performances or workshops for groups you work with. Be familiar with services for survivors, including reporting options for on campus and to law enforcement.

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Faculty may also be interested in joining Faculty Against Rape, founded in August, 2014: http://facultyagainstrape.net/

Six Ways Faculty and Staff Can Fight Sexual Violence on Campus: http://www.aauw.org/2014/04/14/fight-campus-sexual-violence/

Theatre for Dialogue Performance Requests

If you would like to learn more about bringing Theatre for Dialogue to your classroom, organization or event, please call 512 475-6942 or email Shavonne Coleman.

We currently offer the following interactive performances & workshops:

Get Sexy. Get Consent.

  • What is consent?
  • How do you know someone else wants what you want?
  • How do you communicate your boundaries?
  • What does consent sound like?

Do you get it? Get Sexy. Get Consent. is a highly interactive one-hour program that examines how we negotiate consent, boundaries, and safety. Through the use of scenes fellow UT students who are trained actor-facilitators explore consent with audience members in a space inclusive of all relationships: friendships, crushes, romantic, committed, and sexual. Regardless of your personal experiences from abstinence to long-term or one-night-stands this show is relevant for all genders and sexualities.

Work(it through)shops
Student groups will participate in a 60-90 minute combination of drama games, exercises, and exploration in role of their chosen topic relating to interpersonal violence prevention. This workshop will allow them to engage in important conversations around VAV topics, leaving the interactive workshop with an action plan for how they can further participate in the prevention of interpersonal violence on UT's campus.

Possible Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Healthy Relationships and Social Media
  • Interpersonal Violence & Bystander Intervention
  • Building a Trauma-Informed Community

Let us know what topic you are interested in "working through."

Information about the VAV Theatre for Dialogue ensemble.
Find out more about receiving academic credit
Learn about the interactive theatre practices used in Theatre for Dialogue, or actor-facilitator techniques for the purpose of prevention.

Workshop and Training Requests

VAV offers flexible workshops on the topics of sexual violence, relationship violence, stalking, consent and supportive response. VAV tailors our trainings to meet the needs of different campus groups. We require at least one month’s notice to prepare this workshop, a minimum of one hour and suggest a minimum attendance of 15 people. If you would like to bring a VAV workshop or training to your classroom or organization, please contact Sharon Hoefer at sharon.hoefer@austin.utexas.edu or call (512) 475-6957 to discuss program options.

We also offer the following workshops:

Introduction to Voices Against Violence
Learn about the resources offered at Voices Against Violence and gain knowledge about relationship violence, sexual violence, and stalking.

Crushes, Commitment, & Calling it Quits
This interactive workshop explores healthy relationships from start to finish, including what makes a relationship healthy, setting and respecting boundaries, identifying unhealthy and abusive behaviors, and ending a relationship peacefully. This workshop is relevant for students of all genders and sexualities.

Dating Violence and Stalking
This workshop discusses the dynamics of dating violence and stalking, with particular emphasis on college students. Participants will learn about power and control, cycles of abuse, barriers to leaving a relationship, and strategies to support survivors. This workshop is relevant for students of all genders and sexualities.

Please contact Sharon Hoefer at sharon.hoefer@austin.utexas.edu or call (512) 475-6957 to book one of these workshops.

VAV Printed Materials Request

Voices Against Violence produces pocket resource guides and prevention-education materials. If you would like to request VAV printed materials for your students, residents, office or organization, please contact Sharon Hoefer at sharon.hoefer@austin.utexas.edu or (512) 475-6957 with which materials you are interested in and the quantity.

Available materials:

  • Posters and other print materials for upcoming Prevention month schedules
  • Voices Against Violence wallet-size guide for on and off-campus resources. Click here
  • Get Involved Postcards which list opportunities for student involvement in CMHC's prevention and outreach programs.
  • Get Sexy. Get Consent. posters

Have questions or want more information?

If you have questions about VAV activities and resources please email: voicesagainstviolence@austin.utexas.edu or call Sharon Hoefer, (512) 475-6957

VAV Prevention and Outreach staff offices are located in the POWER House (Prevention, Outreach, Wellness, Education and Response), Ground floor of the SSB, G 1.400.

For more information about other ways to get involved with CMHC, please check out this page: http://www.cmhc.utexas.edu/preventionoutreach.html
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