V-Day is one of the largest global movements that helps put an end to violence against women and girls. The movement helps raise awareness and funds through benefit productions of Playwright/Founder Eve Ensler’s award winning play “The Vagina Monologues”. V-Day takes place once a year, in February, March and April, allowing groups around the world to produce a performance of Ensler’s play. The proceeds from the performances must be donated to local domestic violence shelters or rape centers.
In 2011, over 5,800 V-Day benefit events took place. They were produced by volunteer activists in the U.S. and around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls. V-Day has raised over $85 million and educated millions about the issues of violence against women.
Statistically, women are 85 percent more likely to be victims of domestic violence. In 2010, The Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that one in four women have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner. These numbers are alarming, but fortunately, thanks to the awareness and funds that are raised through efforts such as V-Day, violence can be prevented and help can be made available for victims of domestic violence.
Florida Coastal School of Law’s Law Students Against Violence will be participating in this year’s V-Day movement by presenting The Vagina Monologues Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre. Tickets are $10 and 90 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Hubbard House. For reservations, information, or to donate, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information provided by: www.cdc.gov and www.vday.org
If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship please call the Hubbard House 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline at (904) 354-3114 or (800) 500-1119. Hubbard House can help.
ABOUT HUBBARD HOUSE: Founded as the first domestic violence shelter in Florida in 1976, Hubbard House is a certified, comprehensive domestic violence center providing programs and services to more than 6,000 women, children, and men annually in Duval and Baker counties. While Hubbard House is most known for its emergency shelter, the agency also provides extensive adult and youth outreach services, school-based education, therapeutic childcare, batterers’ intervention programs, court advocacy and volunteer and community education opportunities. Visit www.hubbardhouse.org to learn more.
By: Lindsay Van-Zant