Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2017


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1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men are victims of domestic violence. During October, National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), Compass Center partners with local businesses and community organizations to raise awareness of and funding for domestic violence services. 

Domestic Violence Short Film Screening and Panel Discussion

On Monday, October 23rd, at 6 p.m. Compass Center will host a free screening of the 30-minute film “Five Awake” at the Varsity Theater followed by a panel discussion.

“Five Awake” is an award winning documentary featuring five women in Louisiana.  The film chronicles their championing of a historic legislative package to protect victims of domestic abuse and save lives. Their advocacy resulted in unanimous passage of the most comprehensive package of bills ever aimed at stopping domestic violence. “Five Awake” shows how grassroots efforts by the public can lead to significant and unexpected victories.

Awards won:

2016 “Best Louisiana Feature,” New Orleans Film Festival Jury

“Best Documentary Short,” Los Angeles Independent Film Festival 

2017 “Best Documentary,” Equinox Women’s Film Festival 

Five Awake Trailer from Cutting Room on Vimeo.

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Panelist Bios
Jasmine McGhee Jasmine S. McGhee serves as Special Deputy Attorney General and Director of the Public Protection Section at the North Carolina Department of Justice, where she focuses on policy, advocacy, and outreach for the people of North Carolina. The Public Protection Section is the forward-facing unit of the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office with a broad public safety mandate, including a focus on domestic violence (including administering the NC Address Confidentiality Program), sexual assault, human trafficking, consumer protection, and criminal justice reform (including substance misuse). 


Beth Meeks LID

Beth Meeks serves as the Capacity Technical Assistance Director at the National Network to End Domestic Violence .  She was previously the Executive Director of the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (LCADV) for more than 7 years.  As the main lobbyist for the LCADV, she was able to lead  significant legislative victories including passage of a state law restricting abusers from possessing firearms.  



Amily McCool

Amily McCool, MSW, JD, is a certified criminal justice instructor specializing in domestic violence and legal topics. She currently serves as the Legal and Policy Director of the NC Coalition Against DV where she prepares and conducts statewide domestic violence trainings for law enforcement, prosecutors, court personnel, advocates and allied professionals, provides technical assistance on domestic violence legal and policy issues, and advocates at the state and federal levels for strengthened laws to protect domestic violence victims and their families.



Panel Moderator

Rebecca Macy talks during an interview in the Tate Turner Kuralt Building at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Rebecca J. Macy, MSW, PhD, is the L. Richardson Preyer Distinguished Chair for Strengthening Families at the UNC at Chapel Hill School of Social Work. She is currently the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Family Violence. She has 15 years of experience conducting community-based studies that focus on intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking. She has dedicated her research efforts to violence prevention and to improving services for violence survivors. 

Compass Center’s DVAM Events Calendar

Throughout October, Compass Center is partnering with community groups and local businesses to raise awareness of and funding for domestic violence services. The educational events, including the coffee with an expert, are free and open to the public. The dates, descriptions, and amount of proceeds going to Compass Center are described below.

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Fundraising events at Mystery Brewing Public House 

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Community/Social Media Awareness Campaign

For those wanting to take a tangible step to make a difference in the fight against domestic abuse during DVAM, Compass Center asks that supporters spread the word about our free and confidential domestic violence services.

Step 1. Stop by one of our tabling events or contact us at communications@compassctr.org to pick up a poster.

Step 2. Place the poster in a public place so that someone who may need services can see the hotline number a make a call. 

Step 3. Show us your poster! Take a picture of where you placed the poster and share it on social media using the hashtag #LoveFeelsSafe.

Where to Post

Donation Drives for Compass Center

Sigma Alpha Iota-Iota Tau, the music fraternity at UNC-Chapel Hill will host donation drives to benefit Compass Center on the following dates:

  • October 11th-13th in Kenan Music Building (first floor) from 10a.m.-2p.m.
  • October 12th-13th in “the Pit” from 10a.m.-2p.m.

Donation requests include:

  • Full-size toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, bodywash, etc.)
  • Used cell phones
  • House cleaning products
  • Gift cards (gas cards, grocery store cards)
  • Adult coloring books
  • Crayons
  • Colored pencils

Community Domestic Violence Awareness Month Events 2017

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 6 – 7 p.m.
“10 Things You Should Know About DV”
NCCU School of Law
640 Nelson St.
Durham, NC 27707

Thursday, October 12, 2:00 – 3:30 PM 

“Raluca Iosif Intimate Partner Violence Research Award Presentation”

IntraHealth International

6340 Quadrangle Drive, Suite 200, Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Josie Caves, winner of the Raluca Iosif Intimate Partner Violence Research Award, and a PhD student at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, will discuss her research on the impact of firearm regulations on intimate-partner violence. IntraHealth gender expert Constance Newman and UNC professor Beth Moracco will also discuss the larger research agenda around intimate-partner violence. 

Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. 

Monday, October 30, 7 p.m.

RVAM Arts Night
Stone Center’s Hitchcock Room                                                                                                                                                                    Free parking in the Bell Tower Deck

The Carolina Women’s Center is hosting an evening of performances including dance, spoken word, and a capella music in honor of Relationship Violence Awareness Month. Between performances, hosts will share resources available for those who may be experiencing abuse. 


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