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No More Intimate Partner and Dating Violence

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  On college campuses, intimate partner violence and dating violence happens to students every year.  We are asking for this to end-- for there to be NO MORE violence.

What Does Dating Violence Look Like?
Teens and young adults experience the same types of abuse in relationships as adults. This can include:

Physical Abuse: Any intentional use of physical force with the intent to cause fear or injury, like hitting, shoving, biting, strangling, kicking or using a weapon.

Verbal or Emotional Abuse: Non-physical behaviors such as threats, insults, constant monitoring, humiliation, intimidation, isolation or stalking.

Sexual Abuse: Any action that impacts a person’s ability to control their sexual activity or the circumstances in which sexual activity occurs, including rape, coercion or restricting access to birth control.

Digital Abuse: Use of technologies and/or social media networking to intimidate, harass or threaten a current or ex-dating partner. This could include demanding passwords, checking cell phones, cyber bullying, sexting, excessive or threatening texts or stalking on Facebook or other social media.

- Text taken from Love Is Respect

Dating violence happens at nearly 3x the national average for females ages 16-24.  There is more we can do to prevent this.  Talk about what's happening.  If you see an opportunity as a bystander to intervene or say something (that is safe for you), consider doing something.  Whether it's calling security, telling an RA, intervening in a safe manner, or simply being supportive and caring-- that is doing more than you realize.  Being an active and supportive bystander can save a life.  To learn more about what to do in these situations, read on at Love is Respect.