2016 college dating violence abuse poll
Teen dating violence [PDF 187KB] is defined as the physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence within a dating relationship, including stalking. Teen dating violence (physical and sexual) among US high school students: Findings from the 2013 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey. As teens develop emotionally, they are heavily influenced by experiences in their relationships.
It can occur in person or electronically and might occur between a current or former dating partner. Healthy relationship behaviors can have a positive effect on a teen’s emotional development.
Some students are away from home for the first time and may feel cut off from their families, churches, friends, and other familiar support systems.
When sexual harassment and violence occur on campus -- including in the course of a relationship -- survivors do have the support of their campus Title IX coordinators as well as a myriad of possible accommodations and community resources.
However, in light of the epidemic of campus sexual assault currently on the nation's front burner, as well as some new federal laws that kicked in on July 1, it's also a good time to reaffirm that colleges have a key role in efforts to combat the full spectrum of violence against women. Because students' civil rights to an education free of sex discrimination are on the line. Civil rights are violated, and schools must be involved in the remedy.
As a former executive director of a domestic violence shelter as well as a former director of a campus-based women's center, I've witnessed firsthand the impact of gender-based violence on our campuses and in our communities.
In the United States, an average of 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner.
Frankly, all domestic violence and dating violence survivors face challenges when it comes to reporting and/or seeking help in the face of such incidents, but these hurdles can be particularly high for college students.
Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name-calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship.