William Woods University promotes domestic violence awareness

William Woods University will turn the campus purple Thursday in an effort to increase awareness of domestic violence.

In what is being called Purple Thursday, faculty, staff and students are being encouraged to wear 523030_3313314451563_2033101223_npurple. These are the suggestions that were emailed to all students and employees:

  • Put on as much purple as possible
  • Post a group photograph to social media of you and your co-workers, friends or family
  • Use a domestic violence fact or statistic in the description
  • Use the hashtag #CallawayPurpleThursday (tagging CARDV encouraged but not required)


A video will be shown at noon Thursday in the Library Auditorium about Leslie Morgan Steiner, anAmerican author, blogger and businesswoman who was madly in love with a man who routinely abused her and threatened her life.

Leslie Morgan Steiner
Leslie Morgan Steiner

Steiner holds a B.A. degree in English from Harvard and an MBA degree in marketing from the Wharton School of Business. She has worked for Seventeen Magazine, Mademoiselle, Money Magazine, New England Monthly and the Washington Post Magazine.

In her book, “Crazy Love,” Steiner says, “If you and I met at one of our children’s birthday parties, in the hallway at work, or at a neighbor’s barbecue, you’d never guess my secret: that as a young woman I fell in love with and married a man who beat me regularly and nearly killed me.

AXO photoIn the video, Steiner tells the dark story of her relationship, correcting misconceptions many people hold about victims of domestic violence, and explaining how we can all help break the silence. Collaborative discussion will follow the video.

In addition, one of WWU’s sororities, Alpha Chi Omega, is working to raise $3,000 for the Coalition Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV) by competing in a photo contest put on by the sorority’s national organization. The chapter at WWU is one of 15 finalists.

To participate, go to the Facebook page for Alpha Chi Omega at William Woods University and “like” the “Together We Can End Domestic Violence” photo. Voting closes Friday at noon ET!