Dating violence in college students
Many students are also away from home for the first time and may feel isolated from their trusted support networks, especially family.Beyond the social pressures, there are administrative challenges to face.Domestic violence such as rape, date rape, acquaintance rape, sexual assault, stalking and more occur everywhere – and colleges and universities are no exception.It is thought that nearly one in four college women have either been raped or suffered an attempted rape – and most knew their abusers beforehand.Victims are sometimes forced to continue attending class alongside their abusers or even live in the same residence hall.These missteps may stem in part from the mistaken perception that most college students prefer to “hook up” rather than engage in committed relationships, and that instances of dating violence are nothing more than isolated disputes between students. Most students do not frequently “hook up,” and instances of violence between intimate partners in college are a form of domestic violence.Instances of domestic violence tend to occur at home (or perhaps in a residence hall) at night, when there are less likely to be witnesses.Moreover, on campus, stalkers and abusers are even likely to have keycard access to the victim’s residence.
Here are other NCADV Domestic Violence on College Campuses Statistics: As you can see, statistics on domestic violence and rape at colleges and universities are staggering.
Unfortunately, these statistics are likely much higher as many survivors do not report crimes to authorities out of fear of reprisal, fear of future acts of violence, anxiety, low self esteem and more.
Though many families and students may be unaware, victims of domestic violence on campus are protected by Title IX.
The abuser terrorizes his or her victim using physical force, coercion or threats, and takes advantage of a person he or she claims to care for.
Domestic violence can, but doesn’t always, occur in acts of sexual abuse.