Dating abuse and college students
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.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.
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.Despite the high number of students experiencing these types of abuse, more than one-third of college students (38%) say they would not know how to get help on campus if they found themselves in an abusive relationship.The survey, “Liz Claiborne Inc.’s Love Is Not Abuse 2011 College Dating Violence and Abuse Poll,” was conducted by Knowledge Networks to address the lack of data on dating violence and abuse among college students and to increase the understanding of this problem on college campuses nationwide. Karen Singleton, Director of Sexual Violence Response, a program of Columbia University Health Services, “This survey expands on earlier reports and reinforces the complexity of the issue.” Among the findings are: “The findings of this survey prove that colleges and universities need to provide a more comprehensive response and additional creative educational programs to address dating violence and abuse,” said Jane Randel, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Liz Claiborne Inc.Sadly, college campuses are not always the safe havens they should be.
Domestic violence is a serious and widespread issue for college students across North Carolina and throughout the nation.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.