University Relations and Communications

Student-led effort sponsors walk/run this weekend to raise awareness of domestic violence

October 4, 2012



Jamie Schoonover, Domestic Violence Abuse Awareness Society, 591-4085
Dan Carter, University Relations, 657-2269


MSU BILLINGS NEWS SERVICES — A new student organization is taking a stand against domestic violence by encouraging others to put their feet to work.


""The Domestic Violence Abuse Awareness Society, a new student-led organization at Montana State University Billings that also has connections in the community, is sponsoring “Running Out of Silence” on Saturday, Oct. 6 as a way to help build more awareness of the issue.  The walk/run will stage at the MSU Billings university campus and is open to everyone. Family-friendly activities and other events begin at 11 a.m. on the lawn just north of McMullen Hall with the walk/run starting at noon.


Music will be provided by the local band “Downtime” and areas will be set up for vendors, face painting for kids and other activities. The walk/run follows a one-mile route around the campus or a four-mile route that will take participants from the university to the YWCA and back.


Registration for the walk/run is $25 for the general public, $15 for college students, $10 for high school-aged students and free for students under the age of high school. Participants will receive a “Running Out of Silence” T-shirt and bracelet.  Proceeds will be used to support the efforts of local organizations that offer support and education to victims of domestic violence.


For more information, contact Jamie Schoonover at (406) 591-4085 or go to the website