The V Word

Advocating to end sexual and domestic violence


Awareness Campaigns

An Interview with Stígamót, rape crisis services in Iceland – Part I

This week, The V Word visits rape crisis advocacy in Iceland. Carol stops by Stígamót to learn about how they are combating sigma, making change, and supporting survivors of violence. Part I highlights their efforts to decriminalize sex workers and reduce violence for that community.

Listen to part I below and tune in Friday, June 16th for part II.

THE V Word – RHART Program

YWCAA&OTeamToday Rachael Kaufman and Ryan Morris of the YWCA of Richmond return to talk about the RHART program.






Hospital Accompaniment (R-HART)

The Regional Hospital Accompaniment & Response Team, or R-HART, is an entirely volunteer-based collaborative of advocates who provide support to individuals in the emergency room who have just experienced sexual and intimate partner violence.

The R-HART team of volunteers are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, all year. This team is a collaborative of volunteers from the YWCA Richmond, Safe Harbor and Hanover Safe Place, and serves survivors of all races, sexes, religions, nationalities, gender identities, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic backgrounds. In addition to providing emotional support, R-HART volunteers connect survivors with community resources and follow-up services.

For more information about the R-HART program, contact Ellie Minasian, R-HART Coordinator.

YWCA of Richmond


The V Word: Prevention Programs – YWCA of Richmond

Today Ryan Morris and Rachel Kaufman stop by the studio to talk about prevention education for teens and the importance of starting this conversation early.

The V Word: Quillin from the Women’s March

The Women’s March on Washington drew millions to gather in cities around the world on January 21st. They were advocating for human rights: gender equality for women and transgender, the end of racial discrimination and racial equality for all races and ethnic groups, end discrimination for those differently-abled, reproductive rights and the rights of bodily integrity, equal and affordable health-care access for all.

The largest peaceful protest in history .. protesting the current administration’s announced plans to scale back services, to reduce rights, to marginalize and silence.

Women attended, transwomen attended, transmen attended, Queer folks attended, men attended, African-American’s attended, Latinos/x attended, Asian’s attended, young attended, older attended, children attended. People protested in their neighborhoods, in their cities, on social media and flew across timezones to attend.

Here is one of those million voices talking about why she marched:

Want to add your voice, talk about your experience? email:



The V Word: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October launches Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Today’s show focuses on facts about domestic and interpersonal violence and resources available in the community.


WRIR 97.3 FM 

YWCA of Richmond 

Statewide Hotline of the Action Alliance

Rita Smith – NFL anti-violence education program


Carol met up with Rita Smith, consultant for the National Football League at the recent End Violence Against Women International Conference in DC. Rita was presenting on her work in the anti-violence field and took time out to speak briefly on what the NFL is doing in response to issues of domestic violence.



WRIR 97.3 FM 

Precise Advisory Group 


Transgender Day of Remembrance


Welcome to today’s edition of the V WORD. Today’s topic is on The Transgender Day of Remembrance.

If you missed it listen here


Important links:

Almost two years later, Sage’s family, alongside friends and community members, is putting new energy into this effort to find answers, and we need your help. The Wayside Center for Popular Education is sponsoring a campaign to raise funds that will go towards these efforts to find answers. We have set our goal for $5,000 so that we can ensure that we have the resources to put quality work into the search efforts, and any form of contribution from you or your community will go a long way. – Remembering Sage Event this Thursday Nov 20th/ Charlottesville TDOR  Sage Smith is Our Community Facebook page Richmond’s 2014 TDOR



Passing Is Political: Trans People of Color Speak
Date: Nov 18th
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Univ of Richmond Downtown Campus (626 E Broad St, Richmond VA 23219)
What: panel discussion, hosted by SONG
***This event is open to trans* and GQ/GNC individuals only***
RSVP the Facebook event:

Richmond Transgender Day of Remembrance Memorial Service
Date: Nov 20th
Time: 7:00pm
Location: The Byrd Theatre (2908 W. Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221)

A Night at The Speakeasy: Trans* and Allies Social Night
Date: Nov 22nd
Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: The Speakeasy at The Hippodrome (526 N. 2nd St, Richmond, VA 23219)
What: Drinks, networking, and mingle event, sponsored by the Richmond Business Alliance
Featuring DJ Connie Sue of ANIMAL RVA
Please RSVP at
Facebook event available here:

Community Conversation: Genderqueer & Gender Nonconforming Identities
Date: Nov 23rd
Time: 2-4pm
Location: GCCR Classroom (1407 Sherwood Ave, Richmond, VA 23220)
What: panel discussion, hosted by SAGE
RSVP the Facebook event:

Film Screening: Beautiful Boxer
Date: Nov 24th
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Richmond Triangle Players (1300 Altamont Ave, Richmond, VA 23230)
What: film screening, hosted by SONG
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Want to share a story or ask a question?  Email me at or tweet me at my twitter account:  @preventviolence.  You can read the transcript for this show and past shows on my blog at

Today’s host was Jenn Gallienne. The V Word is recorded in the studios of WRIR-LP 97.3 and streamed at, The V Word is produced by Carol Olson. Music was created by The Etching Tin

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month – 2014

Today Barack Obama published a proclamation about Domestic Violence.  While it is always nice to have your President publicly support efforts to end domestic violence, I do wish it was something that was said everyday as it is a daily problem. I have included excerpts below.  You can read the entire proclamation here.

Presidential Proclamation

Domestic violence affects every American. It harms our communities, weakens the foundation of our Nation, and hurts those we love most. It is an affront to our basic decency and humanity, and it must end. During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we acknowledge the progress made in reducing these shameful crimes, embrace the basic human right to be free from violence and abuse, and recognize that more work remains until every individual is able to live free from fear.

Last month, we reached the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). This act is helping change the perception of domestic violence and helping communities work toward increasing funding and making changes. Recently two new campaigns:

1 is 2 Many initiative launched by VP Biden. This initiative is going to raise awareness about dating violence. You can see the PSA here

“It’s on Us” campaign – part of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault to address the intersection of sexual assault and dating violence on college campuses.


Media Contact: Regina Yau – /



AUGUST 12th, 2014 (WORLDWIDE): The Pixel Project (, an anti-Violence Against Women non-profit, will be holding the first “Read For Pixels” 2014 Google Hangout Sessions featuring live Google Hangouts with award-winning bestselling authors in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign (, which aims to raise US$1 million in aid of The Pixel Project and the USA’s National Coalition Against Domestic Violence ( Participating authors include Joe Hill, Ellen Hopkins, Robert J. Sawyer, Cinda Williams Chima, Chuck Wendig, Kevin Hearne, Delilah S. Dawson, Alyson Noel, Jasper Fforde, Sarah J. Maas and G. Willow Wilson.

The “Read For Pixels” Google Hangout sessions will run on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings throughout September. Each session will feature an author reading from one of their books and discussing why they support ending violence against women, their writing, and women in the media and popular culture. Each session will also include a live moderated Q&A session for fans and book lovers to ask their favourite authors questions in real time.

Participating authors have also generously donated a range of exclusive “goodies” to help The Pixel Project encourage fans and book lovers to donate to the Pixel Reveal campaign including: 1-to-1 Skype chats for fans and book clubs, signed first editions or special editions of participating author books, brand-new Drabbles (100-word stories), a handwritten short story or poem on a postcard, and more. Additional goodies are donated by Bloomsbury Books and Romance author Lori Foster. Donations begin at as little as US$10 and the goodies are available to donors as “thank you” gifts depending on the donation amount. Fundraising will take place throughout September.

“Violence against women is one of the most widespread and entrenched human rights violations in the world and The Pixel Project is delighted that so many acclaimed authors have stepped up to join us in raising much-needed funds and widespread support for this cause,” said Regina Yau, Founder and President of The Pixel Project. “It is our hope that their support of the cause to end violence against women will inspire fans of their wonderful books and book lovers worldwide to not only donate generously, but also begin taking action to stop the violence in their communities wherever they are in the world.”

More information about Read For Pixels can be found at:


About The Pixel Project (
The Pixel Project is a complete virtual, volunteer-led global 501(c)3 nonprofit organisation whose mission is to raise awareness, funds and volunteer power for the cause to end violence against women using a combination of social media, new technologies, and popular culture/the Arts. Their flagship initiative is the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign which aims to turbo-charge global awareness about VAW using social media while raising US$1 million by getting a global audience to collectively unveil a million-pixel mystery collage of Celebrity Male Role Models at US$1 per pixel.

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