Dating violence with college students

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A victim of domestic violence may feel that coming forward would threaten her or his social reputation, or would “ruin the life” of a prominent campus figure (though, of course, it was that prominent figure who broke the law).

Social media now plays an increased role, as teenagers and college students have the opportunity to covertly bully and threaten victims online.

Unfortunately, young victims of dating violence are often hesitant to come forward because of societal stigma and fear of retribution.

The university environment can further exacerbate the fear associated with domestic violence.

The Haven Project will table during the event to provide more information, resources, and opportunities for students to get involved in domestic violence prevention.

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More than one-fifth of the undergraduate dating population are physically abused by their dating partners and an even greater percentage are psychologically abused.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.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.

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