Where We Stand
On top of helping to support the philanthropic causes of our fellow Panhellenic organizations, Alpha Chi Omega members are dedicated to raising awareness and educating others about domestic violence.
The 1992 Alpha Chi Omega National Convention marked the adoption of domestic violence awareness, an issue that affects women all over the world, as our national philanthropy. Together, we work to fight against unhealthy relationships and build healthy relationships. Members serve individuals and families impacted by domestic violence through fundraising and sharing gifts of time and talent with shelters and other service-providing organizations. Alpha Chi Omega also works to educate its own members, giving them tools to build their own healthy relationships, and to raise awareness of domestic violence by educating others on its impact and work being done to end it.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) is recognized nationally during the month of October. Alpha Chi Omega headquarters provides a number of opportunities for members to highlight their service to individuals and families impacted by domestic violence, to educate themselves and others about healthy relationships, and to raise awareness of the cause. We provide several promotional items (e.g., pass-it-on cards, buttons) to members to raise awareness during tabling events, as well as an educational program or resource.
In Lawrence, we support the Willow Domestic Violence Center. Our philanthropy events raise funds for the Willow, and are dedicated to preventing sexual assault and campus dating violence at KU. One in four women experience domestic violence during their lifetime, and college-aged women are the demographic most likely to experience domestic violence. Our events mix educational activities with fun events to raise awareness for our cause.
Healthy Relationships Week
The goal of Alpha Chi Omega's Healthy Relationships Week is to foster the development of healthy relationships and, in turn, prevent domestic violence and sexual assault. The week traditionally focuses on encouraging individuals to define what love means to them through the Love Is… campaign. The week's programming is open to all members and includes promotional items sent to collegiate chapters, social media posts and an educational program or resource. Healthy Relationships Week is celebrated in the month of February around Valentine’s Day.