HPU Hosts Domestic Violence Awareness Week

HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 11, 2010 ? The High Point University Office of Student Life hosted two events on campus as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Week.

The events, which were titled “Brandy’s Survivor Story: Still A Rose” and “Shoe Project Donation Drive and Homicide Victims Commemoration,” were held in the hopes of increasing awareness of domestic violence, and encouraging others to join in the fight against domestic violence.

At the first event, a domestic violence survivor named Brandy Jones spoke to attendees about her story and how it has affected her life. She described the years of abuse she suffered, how she became a survivor, and why she was compelled to start a nonprofit group to help victims like herself.  Jones founded the organization Still A Rose and uses her story to help spread awareness of domestic violence. 

The second event featured a special shoe display to represent all of the homicide victims in North Carolina who died because of domestic violence in 2010. Women, children, and even men were represented in the commemoration, with a total of 58 pairs of shoes set out to accompany the names of victims.

In addition to the events, HPU also collected a great deal of donations to take to Family Service of the Piedmont. Items that were donated include a variety of toiletries, school supplies, children?s shoes, and gift cards.

“Many students and staff came out to the events this week and I believe it was very moving for them,” says Jennifer Henkle, a resident director at HPU who helped organize the event. “Brandy’s story was very emotional and some attendees made the point of approaching her afterward to thank her for being brave enough to share it. With the shoe display, the material evidence was so compelling and it was obvious that viewers were both moved and shocked that the number of deaths related to domestic violence was so high.”

Henkle urges anyone who is in an abusive relationship or who knows someone who might be in an abusive relationship to call the Family Service of the Piedmont crisis line at 336-889-7273 or 800-799-SAFE (7233).

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 42 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu.

Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration

336-841-4530 cdudley@highpoint.edu

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