Faculty and Students Take Part in Domestic Violence Awareness March
October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and Danielle Slakoff, a doctoral candidate in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice who teaches a course entitled Women, Crime and Justice, offered her students a chance to make a difference and be heard.
Slakoff participated in Omaha’s 5th Annual March to End Domestic Violence and several of her students accepted an invitation to join her. The March, founded by domestic-violence survivor Heather Duhachek-Chase, is a way to bring awareness to an issue many people would prefer to ignore. Some of those marching carried signs which read “Stop the Violence, End the Silence” referring to the unwillingness victims often have in admitting the violent situation they live with due to embarrassment or fear. Help does exist for those who are impacted by domestic violence and the March is intended to teach those affected not to be afraid to seek help.
For Slakoff, getting her students involved in the March was one way to bring classroom learning to life. “We study domestic violence in my course and what better way to develop a deeper learning and understanding of the issue than to walk side-by-side with people who have endured the pain,” Slakoff said.
The March started at the Douglas County Jail downtown, proceeded by the Omaha Police Department and ended at Court House where former Congressman Brad Ashford addressed the crowd.
Story Published October, 2017