Fitchburg Anti-Violence Education
Fitchburg Anti-Violence Education (FAVE) is a campus-wide effort to prevent interpersonal and relationship violence, and sexual assault, at Fitchburg State and to support those affected by violence. Like many other colleges and universities, Fitchburg State has been impacted by these phenomena. We have chosen as a community to stand up and act.
FAVE is directed by Robert Hynes, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Student Support Services. The program is coordinated by Amanda Sapienza, MA.
FAVE collaborates with a number of community partners (e.g., YWCA Domestic Violence Services, Pathways for Change) to meet our training needs and to link survivors with community based resources.
The project originated in 2010, with a grant awarded to Fitchburg State University by the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women, through the Grants to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking on Campus Program.
A key component of FAVE is mandatory educational programming for incoming first-year and transfer students about issues of interpersonal and relationship violence, sexual assault, and training in being an active bystander.
Visitors to this site are encouraged to review FAVE’s mission and core values, descriptions of our educational programs. For faculty and staff, we have included a resource sheet that may help you in your efforts to assist students. We also invite you to read the president’s proclamation declaring zero tolerance for violence which was featured at FAVE’s inaugural event in Spring, 2011.
This site also features resources for help or information about dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship or has been a victim of sexual assault, there are many places to go for help. Many can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. On campus, free and confidential support is provided at both Counseling Services and Health Services.
FAVE in the News
FAVE was featured in the Winter 2015 edition of Public Purpose magazine.