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October's Focus: Intimate Partner, Domestic and Sexual Violence

September 30, 2020

In the wake of COVID-19, institutions around the nation are reaffirming their commitments to campus safety beyond health. The Clery Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to guiding institutions of higher education to implement effective campus safety measures, has been examining an increase in reports of intimate partner violence as well as an uptick in hate crimes and bias-related incidents. 

The University of Texas Police at Houston (UT Police), in coordination with MD Anderson and UTHealth, ensures full compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Statistics Act (Clery Act), on which The Clery Center focuses its efforts. In keeping with the law, UT Police has published the annual reports due each October, providing information on incidents occurring January 2019 through December 2019. 

The Annual Security Report (MD Anderson) and the Security and Fire Safety Report (UTHealth) serve as a guidepost not only for crime statistics, but also on the programs and services widely available to our community. UT Police invites our community to review the reports and partner with us to improve all aspects of campus safety.

Accordingly, National Domestic Violence Awareness Month is observed in October, which serves to unify the community around issues connected to domestic violence prevention and victim's resources. 

In an effort to bring domestic violence awareness to our community, UT Police recently collaborated with the MD Anderson Employee Assistance Program for a week-long webinar series addressing the issues of abuse. Relationships: A Seminar for All, featured professionals that addressed a variety of strategies, techniques and resources to help tackle challenging relationship dynamics with a focus on this time of uncertainty.

The webinar series is available to view online. 

In addition, UT Police continues to offer Conflict in Relationships: Breaking the Cycle of Abuse. The class guides participants on recognizing the signs of intimate partner violence, the significance of early action and reporting options. UT Police also offers Speaking Up: Breaking the Silence on Sexual Violence and examines the impacts of sexual violence and outlines protective factors to help prevent it. 

Registration for the classes can be made through Zoom. The next Conflict in Relationships: Breaking the Cycle of Abuse class is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 5, and Speaking Up: Breaking the Silence on Sexual Violence is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Oct. 7.

To learn more about The Clery Center and the Clery Act, visit www.clerycenter.org. To view the reports for MD Anderson and UTHealth, visit the Reports section of our website.
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