Dating violence on college campus
One in five students have experienced domestic violence with a current partner -- a statistic that directly mirrors the U. Department of Justice’s findings on student victims of sexual assault (though some have contested those findings).
EFSC's Campus Security Officers maintain a visible presence and patrol campus parking lots and buildings on a regular basis.Of course, this sort of black-and-white logic can be hard to apply to your own intimate relationships.If you find yourself censoring your partner’s behavior when recounting it for friends or family, this might be a sign that some part of you realizes your partner’s behavior is “wrong.” If you find yourself policing your own behavior when with your partner out of fear that they will be “upset” or “disappointed” with you for failing to live up to their (often ill-defined or volatile) expectations, this might help you identify ways in which the power balance in your relationship is unhealthy and skewed.Below we’ve compiled some common questions we hear from survivors of abusive relationships, with responses from those of us who have been there.Fast answer: If it’s the sort of treatment you wouldn’t tolerate for one second directed at a friend, it’s probably not healthy and might be abusive.Our multi-campus operation involves several legal jurisdictions, but students and employees should report all emergencies by dialing 911.
Below are examples of common behavior patterns abusers use. Here are some other common signs of an abusive dating relationship.
Remember: abuse can be emotional, psychological, financial, sexual or physical.
Thirteen percent of college women say they have been stalked, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Of college students who have been sexually assaulted, 35 percent of them were assaulted while on a date.
Our second installment on sexual violence prevention can be found here, and our third installment on sexual assault investigations can be found here.