Nationally, one in four women and one in nine men have experienced sexual violence, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner with a negative impact such as injury, fear, or needing services (NISVS 2010-2012 State Report). The red flags of intimate partner violence begin early and when we recognize those red flags, we can interrupt harmful and abusive attitudes that perpetuate violence. When you see a red flag: say something.

This Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Center for Women in Transition (CWIT) is partnering with local universities in making a commitment to recognizing the red flags of domestic and sexual violence and building a caring community culture of supporting survivors. Hope College Students Teaching and Empowering Peers (S.T.E.P) and Grand Valley State University’s It’s On Us student organization are both promoting the Red Flag Campaign; a community-level strategy, designed to address dating violence, build bystander intervention skills and change social norms on campus.

The Red Flag Campaign features eye-catching outdoor red flag displays and a series of eight posters that illustrate “red flags” that might be present in a relationship in which dating violence is happening. Each poster reflects one of the following themes: coercion, emotional abuse, sexual assault, victim-blaming, excessive jealousy, isolation, and stalking. The Red Flag Campaign will be displayed in Hope College’s Pine Grove in the center of campus from October 1-5 and at the GVSU Allendale Campus Clocktower from October 8-12.

As part of our Call to Action Project, CWIT is asking our male supporters to take a public pledge to promote healthy, respectful manhood and to help us create a culture of respect, equity, and value for all. Look for information throughout the month of October and visit our website to learn more about The Red Flag Campaign and the Call to Action men’s pledge campaign.

Check out our Calendar of Events!

Learn more about the Red Flag Campaign here. 


*Statistic Source:

National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010-2012 State Report. Atlanta, GA. National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ( prevention)