(USDOJ) Dating violence is violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim is dating violence.
The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors: As a community, the university has developed a code of standards and expectations that are consistent with its purpose as an educational institution.
Abuse may include insults, coercion, social sabotage, sexual harassment, stalking, threats and/or acts of physical or sexual abuse.
Young women ages 18-24 experience intimate partner violence at a rate almost twice the national average.
For more statistics, check out this fact sheet from Break the Cycle. Addressing early signs of abuse can prevent future violence.
Encouraging healthy relationships based on equality and respect is key. You have a right to privacy, independence, safety, and control over your body.
One winter day during my junior year, I found out that he had cheated on me again. He became enraged as I walked away to my class but he didn't follow me. In that moment, I had two choices: I could either sit there and continue to be belittled in front of everyone because he wasn't going to leave, and nobody else was going to say or do anything, or I could walk out and be shamed anyway because I had given into his threats. As we walked down the hall, he spit in my face, pulled my necklace off my neck, threw it in the trashcan and he threw me up against the lockers. Mine is a story of emotional, psychological, and physical abuse.
Dating abuse is used to gain and maintain power and control over a dating partner, and it can come in many forms: Very common.
One in three high school students experience physical or sexual violence at the hands of a dating partner.
The first step in domestic violence is to charm the victim; the second is to isolate the victim. I began believing I deserved the abuse, and thought everybody else believed I was who he said I was.
The hell became so familiar that it was easier to stay rather than leave.
After class had begun, I heard the door swing open, which was at the front of the classroom. He stayed at the door and looked toward the teacher and said to him in front of the whole class, "I need to speak to that fucking whore right there." He pointed at me, then he turned to me and said, "Bitch, get your fucking stupid ass out here now." Everybody turned and looked at me in shock but nobody said a word. It didn't begin immediately, in fact, there weren't any signs until we had been dating for almost a year.
I never imagined such shame and at 15 years old, understood it even less. It was those incidents that left long-lasting emotional scars. My story begins at the age of 14 and continues off and on until I was 22.
The Student Conduct Policies and Procedures articulate these standards.