Office of Gender Violence Prevention and Intervention
The Office of Gender Violence Prevention and Intervention in the Women's Center is committed to the prevention and intervention of gender violence on campus. It provides a variety of education and awareness programs. Faculty, staff, students and student groups may request educational programs and trainings on a variety of topics, including:
P.A.C.T. - Prevent. Act. Challenge. Teach.
PACT is an interactive, student-facilitated training sponsored by the Women's Center that aims to engage everyone in preventing gender violence on Duke's campus. PACT Training helps students identify situations of concern, and provides knowledge and tools to encourage safe and successful interventions.
Adapted from a training developed at the University of New Hampshire, PACT's goal is to reduce the incidence of sexual and relationship violence on campus by training participants to intervene in safe and creative ways, rather than standing aside as passive bystanders. The five-hour, interactive training is comprised of two sessions. The sessions are led by peer facilitators, who present Duke-specific scenarios, lead discussions, and help participants develop strategies for identifying and minimizing risk, as well as responding compassionately to victim-survivors of all forms of gender violence.
The Women’s Center’s prevention efforts call for taking a wider community approach rather than simply targeting individuals as potential perpetrators or victims. Although most of us in the University community will not be survivors nor perpetrators of sexual violence, each of us will certainly be a bystander or witness inappropriate behavior at some time.
Data collected since 2011 demonstrates that PACT training increases students' pro-social intervention behaviors, reduces their acceptance of common rape myths, and increases their confidence in being able to intervene with strangers and acquaintances as well as with friends.
- Types of gender violence (sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, sexual harassment)
- Meaning of consent (“Only an enthusiastic yes means yes!”)
- Healthy, positive sexual communication
- Consent and the use of alcohol and drugs
- Rape culture
- Common scenarios of concern
- Building empathy for victims
- Supporting victim-survivors after an incident of gender violence
- Common perpetrator characteristics
- Gender violence “red flags”
- Practical and safe intervention techniques
Let’s Talk Consent!
Want to learn more about how you can prevent and respond to sexual violence on campus and learn more about consent? Let's Talk Consent tackles some of the key points of sexual violence and gives an opportunity to discuss and practice consent. The training fosters meaningful discussion of sexual violence and consent through fun, engaging activities.
50 Shades of…An Unhealthy Relationship
Want to learn more about how you can prevent and respond to intimate partner violence and stalking on campus? 50 Shades of...An Unhealthy Relationship Training provides an opportunity to learn more about unhealthy relationships and the many signs and red flags that may show up in a relationship. The training fosters meaningful discussion of intimate partner violence and stalking.
Faculty, staff, students, and student groups may request these or other educational programs and trainings from the Women’s Center on a variety of additional topics, including:
- Understanding Gender Violence
- Enthusiastic Consent & Sexual Communication
- Stalking on Campus
- Sexual Misconduct Policy on Campus
- Intimate Partner/Dating Violence
- Sexual Harassment
- Mandatory Reporting of Sexual Misconduct
Haven and Haven Plus
All incoming students are required to take HAVEN (undergraduate) or HAVEN PLUS (graduate and professional) on-line training. The training addressed the critical issues of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment – among students, faculty, and staff.
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Duke’s Wellness Center offers a number of educational programs dealing with alcohol use and sexual health. Key among these are:
AlcoholEDU® is an online alcohol prevention program for college students that provides detailed information about alcohol and its effects on the body and mind. The goals of the course are to help students make well-informed decisions about alcohol and to provide students with skills to deal with their peers use of alcohol.
Party Monitor Training
Party Monitor Training was developed at the request of student leaders on campus and is coordinated through the Duke Student Wellness Center in conjunction with Duke Women’s Center. The training is a chance for students to talk with other student leaders and learn skills regarding:
- The goals of hosting events
- The roles of the Party Monitor
- The risks associated with alcohol and other drug use
- How to promote safe social behaviors
- Resources and support for your group
- Develop skills to address potentially dangerous and questionable behavior among your guests, including overconsumption of alcohol and drugs and situations potentially involving sexual assault.
It's Your Move
It’s Your Move is Duke’s bystander intervention training that began Fall 2012. This training helps trainees reduce barriers that keep individuals from intervening with problem or concerning behaviors. With a focus on taking action, bystander intervention training helps participants understand what a bystander is, provides options for taking action, and teaches skills for effective interventions. The training addresses a range of potentially harmful situations from medical emergencies to the emotional injury of discrimination. Topic areas covered include: academics and unethical behaviors, disordered eating, depression and other mental illnesses, hazing, sexism/gender violence, homophobia, substance use, sexual health and safety, suicide, and racism.