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Violence Research & Awareness Association

Who are we? 
We are an organization created by students at West Virginia University that works closely with the Research Center on Violence. Our organization is dedicated to teaching valuable and usable real world skills through professional development opportunities, experiential learning, and exposure to grant funded research projects while bringing awareness to diverse types of violence that impact the West Virginia University and Morgantown, West Virginia communities.

In the 2018-2019 academic school year we...
  • held a tabling for the International Day of Non-Violence (October 2)
  • had WVU's Mountaineer stop by our Valentine's Day tabling event to discuss violence on campus
  • participated in WellWVU's Sexual and Reproductive Health Fair 
  • partnered with the Rape & Domestic Violence Information Center (RDVIC) to decorate t-shirts for the Clothesline Project
  • attended RDVIC's annual Walk a Mile in Their Shoes event 
  • sponsored the annual Clothesline Project event
Since our inception in Spring 2017, we have...
  • sponsored 6 awareness events related to sexual assault and gender-based violence
  • sponsored 1 academic panel on sexual assault 
  • tabled countless times to bring awareness to different forms of gender-based violence 
  • sent one members to a regional conference, fully funded, to present their original research
  • sent two members to a national conference, fully funded, to present their original research
  • had one member accepted to present at Undergraduate Research Day at the Capital 
  • logged more than 300 hours collecting data for the West Virginia Quality of Life Survey 

Photo of the various tabling events VRAA participated in 2018-2019.T-shirt from the 2019 Clothesline Project


Interested in learning more about the organization or how you can join? Contact President, Toni Godfrey at tmgodfrey@mix.wvu.edu. Our organization is open to all students (undergrad and graduate students of any major).