Alpha Chi Omega promotes fight against domestic violence

Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women in
the U.S., with an individual beaten or assaulted every nine seconds. It causes more harm than muggings, rapes and
car accidents combined.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, so William
Woods University’s Delta Chi chapter of Alpha Chi Omega has been sponsoring
events to raise awareness of the problem. Domestic Violence Awareness is Alpha
Chi Omega’s national philanthropy.

The Coalition Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV) will show a 60-minute documentary about a real case of domestic violence at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, in the Library Auditorium. A short discussion will follow the film, led by Elizabeth Wilson, director of the social work program. Hosted by actress and activist Mariska Hargitay, and told by detective Deirdri Fishel, “Telling Amy’s Story” follows the timeline of a domestic violence homicide that occurred Nov. 8, 2001.

The Alpha Chis also held a Clothesline Project Oct. 24. The annual event involves a speaker who has experienced domestic violence.  Participants were then invited to design t-shirts that support domestic violence awareness. 

The women work closely with CARDV as volunteers and donors. Throughout the
month, members of the William Woods community are invited to drop off toiletry
and baby items such as diapers and toothbrushes at the Alpha Chi chapter
house.  Everything collected will be
taken to CARDV.

Alpha Chi Omega held a luminary ceremony to kick off
Domestic Violence Awareness Month and then hosted the annual Haircuts for CARDV and barbecue.  The women paid $15 for every man who offered
to have his hair shaved.  Dinner was also
available for purchase or with a donation.

Earlier in the semester, they assisted CARDV in a community
night at Dairy Queen, raising about $400 from a portion of sales.

The women of Alpha Chi Omega also host a philanthropy week
each February, Lyre Fest.  Greek
organizations from William Woods and Westminster College are encouraged to help
raise money and awareness throughout the three-day event involving several
competitions between the chapters.

CARDV provides 24-hour services to women and children who have
experienced domestic violence.  They
offer shelter, legal support and counseling to all victims, and served more
than 1,000 women and children in 2011. 
For information on volunteering or donating, call (573) 642-1418.

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