Free Men’s Self Defense Class 3/21

The UConn Police Department in partnership with the University of Connecticut are working together to reaffirm the goal of providing the highest level of safety and well-being to the UConn community by offering a men’s self-defense class free-of-charge. The class is offered to students and staff within the University Community.

The goal of this men’s self-defense class is to provide realistic self-defense options to men regardless of their physical conditioning through the “R.A.D for Men” systems of self-defense. Students and staff at all levels of ability, age, experience, and strength will be provided with techniques and information that can be effectively used from the first day of class in everyday situations. R.A.D. for men stands for Resisting Aggression with Defense and is designed to empower men to resist/escape aggression while learning to defend themselves when confronted with aggressive behavior.

This 12 hour course (4 classes) will be held on Tuesday nights starting March 21st through April 11th 2017, each class starts at 5:30 pm and ends by 8:30pm. Class will be held at UConn’s Shippee Hall lower level Pequot Room. Participants must attend all 4 classes in order to complete the course, which will include risk awareness, prevention, and by stander information as well as the physical hands on self-defense skills.

Class size is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Online enrollment for this class begins March 1st, 2017. To register for this class visit our website at

Also for general information in regards to the safety programs offered please visit our website listed above.

For more information about the class please contact: Officer Eric Bard at

For more information, contact: UConn Police Department at 860-486-4800

Women’s Self-defense Class (free) 2/13

The UConn Police Department in partnership with Off-Campus Student Services and Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services, are working together to reaffirm the goal of providing the highest level of safety and well-being to the UConn community, by offering FREE self-defense classes to members of our community.

The goal of the UConn Police START program is to offer an easily accessible educational and awareness programs for our community. Specifically our Women’s Self-Defense Program is designed to help women develop a foundation of basic self-defense and offers them viable options when confronted with various threats of violence.

This 14 hour self-defense course, will consist of 4 classes held on Monday nights starting February 13th, through March 6th 2017; Classes will start at 5:30 pm and end before 9pm. Each class will be held at UConn’s Shippee Hall’s Pequot Room. The first 3 classes are mandatory to complete the course while the 4th class, offers students the opportunity to take part in hands-on, simulated exercises, is voluntary.  This comprehensive course progresses from awareness, prevention and risk reduction to basic physical self-defense exercises into the simulation exercises. The course we are currently teaching women is the “R.A.D. For Women: Basic Physical Defense”.

For the male members of our community interested in similar courses, please visit the webpage listed below for information on the UConn Police Men’s safety program “R.A.D for men”, Resisting Aggression with Self-Defense by teaching skills to resist and escape aggressive behaviors.

Class size is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants must attend the first 3 classes in order to participate in the simulated exercises!

To register for this class please follow the link below to access our online sign up form, which opens January 30th.

For more information, contact: Ofc Eric Bard at

Men’s Advisory Council Meeting 2/7

Join our Men’s Advisory Council

Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence has formed a Men’s Advisory Council for our statewide Where Do You Stand? Connecticut campaign and sexual violence prevention work. Our goal is to continue to engage men as allies in our work to prevent sexual violence and to cultivate prevention leaders in our state.

The Council is facilitated by Andrew Stewart, Assistant Professor at the Hiatt School of Psychology at Clark University, and longtime Alliance partner. Andrew is a leader in the prevention of sexual violence and is committed to empowering men to be involved in prevention. For more information about the Men’s Advisory Council, Andrew can be reached at or Beth Hamilton, Associate Director of The Alliance, can be reached at

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm
The Alliance, 96 Pitkin Street, East Hartford, CT

Anyone who self-identifies as a man and is interested in sexual violence prevention is welcome to attend!

Register Now

Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence, 96 Pitkin Street, East Hartford, CT 06108

“The Yellow Dress”, October 11

10/11 “The Yellow Dress” Intimate Partner Violence
The UConn Police invites students, staff, and faculty to the “The Yellow Dress” performance by Deana’s Educational Theater in the UConn Student Union Theater on Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 from 7pm-8pm. There is no charge for admission. This one-woman play portrays the signs and dangers of dating violence through the story of a young woman who was a victim of intimate partner violence. The performance is followed by a thought-provoking discussion that engages the audience in a reflection of the events that occurred throughout the performance.

In conjunction with “The Yellow Dress,” the UConn Police is also sponsoring a winter-clothing drive to donate winter necessities to CT Domestic Violence shelters through the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence this October. Donations will be accepted September 28th through October 10th in the UCPD Library Substation located in the basement near the Leisure Reading Room. Individuals may also drop off donations to the UConn Police Department and direct the items to the Community Policing Unit. Encouraged items include new or lightly worn gloves, scarves, hats, earmuffs, socks (new).

Hours for donation collection—Library Substation:
Thursday, September 29th
9am – Noon

Monday, October 3rd
12 Noon – 3pm

Tuesday, October 4th
9am – 12 Noon

Wednesday, October 5th
12 Noon – 3pm

Thursday, October 6th
9am – Noon

For more information, contact: Kathryn Overturf at

Clothesline Project, October 5-7

The Clothesline Project is a traveling visual display of t-shirts made by survivors and secondary survivors of gender-based violence to raise awareness about the prevalence of these violations right here on campus.

Survivors and supporters are encouraged to stop by the VAWPP Office (SU Room 419) anytime between Wednesday, October 5 and Friday, October 7, 11:00AM – 1:00PM, to create a t-shirt of their own in a private and safe environment.

If you cannot make a t-shirt during the times scheduled, please contact the VAWPP Coordinator at
For more information, contact: Lauren Donais at lauren.donais@uconn.eduOct

9/27/16 Where Do You Stand Connecticut?

A Call to Action for Connecticut Men

Over the past three years, more than 2,500 men have attended Where Do You Stand Connecticut? bystander intervention training sessions and more than 1,500 men have pledged to help prevent sexual violence in their communities.

On September 27th and 28th, the Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence, along with our nine community-based sexual assault crisis programs, several community partners and Men Can Stop Rape will work with over 100 men throughout the state who wish to take action to prevent sexual violence and build a safer Connecticut. Additional Information and registration.


UConn Health: Students Against Violence in Schools

  • Students Against Violence in Schools

    Drop-In Info Meeting: Tuesday, September 6, noon to 1 p.m.
    Where: Conference Room LG066 

    UConn Health SAVS is a program run by medical students and volunteers with the goal of engaging local area schools in interactive workshops designed to promote healthy relationships and reduce youth violence.

    Together, we help prepare and empower youth to function as peer ambassadors against violence and bullying, with special emphasis on the research-supported bystander model.

    UConn SAVS volunteers are trained to facilitate interactive workshops that engage students in grades 5-9 in active discussion and role-play scenarios around these topics. We interface with school personnel to understand their policies on school violence, procedures and practices relating to violence, and school-based resources for victims and perpetrators of violence. n

    Youth participants learn to:

    • Define and identify emotional and physical forms of violence
    • Explain the consequences of violence for both victims and perpetrators
    • Describe the role of bystanders in preventing and addressing violent behavior
    • Outline specific steps to take when encountering violence, directly or indirectly
    • Identify school, local, and national resources for seeking help and guidance

    For more information about this program, contact the faculty advisor:
    Damion Grasso, PhD at

    For more information, contact: Damion Grasso, PhD at



Dr. Jim Hopper – The Neurobiology of Trauma on April 15

Dr. Jim Hopper will be in Konover Auditorium in the Dodd Center on Friday, April 15, 2016 from 9:00am – 12:15pm.

 Jim Hopper, PhD, is an independent consultant and part-time instructor in psychology in the Department of Psychiatry of Harvard Medical School. He has conducted research on the neurobiology of trauma, and trains investigators, prosecutors, judges, and higher-education professionals on its implications. As a researcher and therapist, he has studied and provided therapy to adults suffering from long-term effects of child abuse and sexual assault.


 Sexual Assault: Normal and Brain-based but Commonly Misunderstood Responses and Memories

Traumatic experiences have immediate and powerful effects on the human brain. This training explains how fear and trauma can impact brain functioning in ways that alter experience, attention, behavior and memory encoding during sexual assault. Participants will learn about the key brain circuitries impacted by fear and trauma, including the prefrontal cortex and the circuitries of fear and memory. They will come to understand brain-based experiences, behaviors and memory characteristics that are, unfortunately, still commonly misunderstood by many who work with victims of sexual assault. This training provides a critical foundation for learning and applying trauma-informed responses to victims of sexual assault.