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Dating Violence Awareness Month

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National Women in Sports Day

Branches Benefit Dinner

We are kicking off Teen & Young Adult Dating Violence Month with a benefit dinner for Branches Domestic Violence Shelter.  Hosted by Olivia Charles, award-winning teen athlete in West Virginia, this dinner celebrates national women and girls in sports day and all proceeds benefit Branches Domestic Violence Shelter. 

Tickets are $20 per person and the event begins at 6pm in BE-5 in the Marshall University Student Center. 


The event features food, dancing, live performances, and raffles!  Participants may also participate in the donation raffle!  A donation of 1 bottle of shampoo, conditioner or body wash equals 1 raffle ticket, a package of socks equals 3 raffle tickets and a donation of diapers is worth 5 raffle tickets.  

Venmo: @nwsdEventTickets with all names of guests attending.  

Tickets are also sold at the door.  

In Their Shoes: Young Adult Dating Edition

One of the most difficult times to experience dating violence is during your teen or young adults years—but it is rarely talked about! This interactive simulation is a great opportunity to “step into the shoes” of a victim of dating violence. Participants can choose to walk through the simulation on their own or in small groups, and may work through the scenario at their own pace.


The interactive experience concludes with an in-depth de-briefing with domestic and sexual violence advocates to talk through feelings or questions that might have arisen from the walk-through.  The entire event takes about 30-45 minutes and crisis counselors will be on hand throughout the day. 


Whether you are a student, faculty member, or community member, this event is perspective-changing and powerful.  We welcome entire class groups to attend if you meet during this time of day, or providing in-class incentives for students to attend.  Please contact Sara Blevins, if you have any questions. 

"What's Your Ick" Dating Discussion

In partnership with The Center and Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Tri-State, Branches is hosting a structured dialogue for teens and young adults with all their stakeholders to get to the bottom of healthy dating behaviors.  What's an "ick" behavior for you? What do you wish you'd told your younger dating self?  

All of these are questions we'll be talking about during the discussion.  

This event is at the Center, February 28th at 5pm.   We hope to see you there! 

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