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ASU Hosts 'Human Chain' to Combat Partner-related Domestic Violence on Oct. 15!

- A statewide virtual Zoom event that Alabama State University is co-sponsoring to raise awareness about domestic violence.

By: Kenneth Mullinax/ASU 

Alabama State University's Violence Against Wo(men) Program (VAWP) is co-sponsoring a statewide virtual Zoom event titled "Human Chain Against Human Violence," on Oct. 15, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

The Human Chain event will especially highlight intimate-partner violence, according to Cheryl Lang, director of ASU's VAWP. 

"It is important that we inform and keep our American and international students abreast of the law, as well as the many services and education that the University's Violence Against Wo(men) Program, as well as other programs provide. That is why ASU is partnering with AshaKiran, a Huntsville-based provider of services that specializes on programs and education to prevent and eradicate stalking, sexual, domestic and dating violence for the international community," Lang said. 

She said that because ASU has many international students from diverse sections of the globe, the University must ensure the students understand the American laws related to all forms of domestic violence and stalking against both women and men. 

Lang is one of the event’s featured speakers. 

"I am going to specifically speak about domestic violence on our nation's college campuses and explain the many confidential services and referrals that our VAWP program offers at ASU," Lang said. "I am also going to highlight parts of my discussion for our international students so they are not reluctant to use these many programs to stop potential violence against them or those they know." 


October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month, a time when many service providers focus attention on this pervasive societal issue. With programs like the one between ASU's VAWP and AshaKiran, information and support for victims and survivors of this abuse can be put in public forums to help break the silence of those suffering from domestic and intimate-partner violence and stalking. 


If you wish to participate in all or part of the Oct. 15, ASU co-sponsored meeting, you may respond to the form located  here. A Zoom link along with any additional details will be sent to your email address.  

Lang encourages those who are aware of domestic violence instances to become involved. 

"Step up and try to help, and if you see something, say something," Lang added. 

News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.