Sexualized Violence Awareness Week (SVAW) is a collaboration between the Anti-Violence Project, the UVic Student Society, and the Office of Student Life. This year the sexualized violence resource office and PEERS Victoria joined in on the collaboration. SVAW is an annual event that started in 2014 to engage people on campus in talking and learning about how we can come together as a community to work towards preventing sexualized violence. All events (including keynote, workshops, and tabling) are open to everyone, not just students.
Keynote Event: Darnell Moore
Wednesday, September 20th, 6:00 PM, Farquhar auditorium
Sliding scale, $0-15
We are excited Darnell Moore is coming back to UVic! A bio will be posted soon, in the meantime check out his website.
PEERS Victoria is hosting a panel discussion on sexualized violence in the sex work industry as part of this event.
More info coming soon!
We’re working on being better at our accessibility practices. We don’t have everything right and we’re excited to get better.
- The Farquhar auditorium is inside the University Centre building. There is a map at http://www.uvic.ca/auditori
- The University Centre building and the Farquhar auditorium are wheelchair-accessible, including washrooms and the ticket counter. There are designated disability parking spaces in front of the University Centre and in underground parking underneath the University Centre with elevator access.
- A gender-inclusive and accessible single-stall washroom is available on the second floor and can be accessed via elevator.
- There are seating areas at the back, and middle of the main floor set aside for people who need space for mobility devices. For a map see
- If you need a care aid or other individual to accompany you, you do not need to buy a ticket for them (i.e., their admission to the event is free).
- Participants are welcome to enter or leave the auditorium at any time during the event. Auditorium staff can assist with getting in or out of the auditorium if assistance is needed. Note that once the event starts, overhead lighting is dimmed and there are dim lights on the ramps and stairs.
- We anticipate real-time captioning will be broadcast during the event. Let us know if you need specific details on seating for optimal viewing, or any other information.
- There are two group bathrooms on the main floor of the University Centre, each with a wheelchair accessible stall, and a single-user wheelchair-accessible all-genders bathroom on the 2nd floor, accessible by elevator or stairs.
- The Farquhar auditorium has a scent-free policy but this is not enforced. If you need to change where you are sitting to avoid scented products, please let auditorium staff know and they will make another seat available to you.
- There are grassy areas outside the University Centre where service dogs can be taken for a break.
- There may be potential plug-in at the front (stair access only) for anyone who needs to plug in a laptop or other assistive device – please contact the Anti-Violence Project so we can discuss your A/V needs with auditorium staff.
- Bus access: The #4, #7, #11, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #26, #39, and #51 buses stop approximately one block from the University Centre. We hope to make bus tickets available from the Anti-Violence Project upon request – this is under discussion (let us know if you need an update). For more information on getting to UVic by bus, see http://www.uvic.ca/home/about/campus-info/maps/maps/busroutes.php
- Bike access: There are bike racks located outside the University Centre and under the University Center in the Campus Bike Center – the entrance is on the ground floor and is located on the west side of the University Center.
- ASL and other interpretation is not available for this event and there is no child care available. If having interpretation or child care subsidy available at future events would make the event more accessible for you, or there are other measures we could take to improve accessibility, please let us know so we can try to arrange this for future events.
- Parking: is available in many lots with most being $2.50 from 6 pm until midnight. You will need coins or a credit card to pay and more info is here:
Event: Survivor Tribute
Date, time and details to be posted soon.
Tuesday, September 19th, 3-5, location to be confirmed upon registration
The AVP consent workshop is intended to provide folks with the education, skills, and opportunity to understand and practice consent in a supportive and sex positive space. Some of the topics that folks can expect to engage in will include: consent (what it is, why it’s required, how to practice it), gender-based violence, power, and privilege. Through activities and discussions the workshop offers a chance for us to talk about all the ways we can provide safe, fun, and sexy ways to build relationships with the people we care about.
Our consent workshops are two hours long and are held at the University of Victoria. These workshops are free of charge, open to students and community members, and have a no late-comer policy. Find out more about the Consent Workshop.
Bystander Intervention Workshop
Thursday, September 21st, time TBD
Bringing in the Bystander is a free intervention training workshop designed to empower and equip students with the skills and awareness to recognize and safely intervene in situations that contribute or lead to sexualized violence. Participants will receive co-curricular recognition on their transcripts, a certificate for workshop completion, and a chance to win a $250 tuition credit. For more information or to register for a training session, visit uvic.ca/bystander
Friday, September 22nd, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM, location to be confirmed upon registration
The AVP support workshop provides some foundations for supporting survivors of sexualized violence. Throughout the workshop we will discuss different approaches and tools that can be used when supporting someone. Some topics include: active listening, believing survivors, caring for yourself, and making referrals. There will also be time to practice supporting folks through (optional) roleplays.
This workshop will be held at the University of Victoria. We recommend that folks interested in this workshop first attend our consent workshop, as many of the ideas in this workshop build on ideas we explored in the consent workshop. These workshops are free of charge, open to students and community members, and have a no late-comer policy.Find out more about the Support Workshop.
Workshop on sex work and sexualized violence
Date, time, and other details TBA – hosted by PEERS Victoria
Monday, September 18th, and Tuesday, September 19th, 10:30 – 2:30
UVic Quad (near fountain behind the library)
Join us in survivor-centered coloring activities (PDF), button-making, and discussions about preventing and responding to sexualized violence.