Dating violence is a significant problem on college campuses.More than one-fifth of the undergraduate dating population are physically abused by their dating partners and an even greater percentage are psychologically abused.Anyone—regardless of gender, race, sexuality, or age—can experience domestic or intimate partner violence.However, this statistic serves as a reminder that we need to discuss abusive relationships on college campuses.To get this discussion started, I asked Betty Pealer and Matt Hellman (Advocate/Administrative Assistant and Executive Director of New Directions, respectively) what they think college students need to know about domestic (DV) and intimate partner violence (IPV).“[The belief that] behavior that fails to rise to the level of physical striking can’t be domestic or intimate partner violence.
It's relatively easy to get people to imagine sexual assault occurring in that environment.
Dating/relationship violence is a pattern of coercive and abusive tactics employed by one partner in a relationship to gain power and control over the other partner.
It can take many forms, including physical violence, coercion, threats, intimidation, isolation, and emotional, sexual or economic abuse.
They suggest that the victim/survivor is doing something wrong, rather than the perpetrator of the violence.
In reality, there are a myriad of reasons why it is difficult to leave abusive relationships that no one can understand except the person being abused.