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UVa-Wise completes successful Red Flag Campaign


The University of Virginia’s College at Wise joined a nationwide campaign to prevent dating violence on college campuses.  

UVa-Wise kicked off a public awareness effort on Oct. 14 aimed at stopping dating violence on college campuses. The Red Flag Campaign helps students identify “red flags” for dating violence in their friends’ relationships and encourages them to speak up.

"The Red Flag Campaign helps us bring the dark subject of dating violence into the light on our campus,” said Nathan Rasnake, president of the Student Development Advisory Board. “No one wants to talk about dating and relationship violence, but it's something that shouldn't be ignored."

The campaign is a result of combined work of the Center for Student Development and the Student Development Advisory Board. The event was organized to also go beyond the campus to reach the college community and surrounding counties.

“The Red Flag Campaign is very important because of the staggering numbers of individuals who become victims of dating violence on college campuses,” said Joni Perry with the Family Crisis Support Services, Inc. “This campaign provides the education to assist students in ending the violence.”

Hope House of Scott County, a shelter for domestic violence victims, is partnering with UVa-Wise on the campaign.

“We are excited to be partnering with UVa-Wise in their first Red Flag Campaign,” Michelle L. Hensley, community educator/outreach coordinator said. “Dating violence continues to be a growing problem on college campuses.  By partnering with UVa-Wise and many other community agencies, we will be raising awareness of campus domestic violence and providing resources and information for victims, survivors, and bystanders to help reduce the number of incidents that occur.  We look forward to working with UVa-Wise this year and for many years to come.” 

Tabitha Smith, a Licensed Professional Counselor on campus in The Center for Student Development said friends have an influential role in intervening in dating violence not only with the victim, but also with the abusive partner.  Friends have the ability to provide support and can also recognize what behaviors might be unacceptable.

“The key is helping college students harness their power to change the cultural tolerance of all types of violence in relationships,” Smith said. 

The Red Flag Campaign on the UVa-Wise Campus features numerous events including a poster series that illustrate “red flags” that may be present in a relationship in which dating violence is occurring, video promotion from College Relations, and help from various individuals on campus, community informational tables, a program provided by campus police in regards to personal safety, and will be finished the two weeks of events at the UVa-Wise Oct. 26 football game.  

For more information on what constitutes dating violence, how to help, or how to get help for a friend, visit