Domestic Violence Awareness

By Lauren Caniff

Domestic violence is any behavior that is hurtful in a relationship and is a misuse of control and power by one person in a relationship to another. This can be name calling, hitting, pushing, shoving, unwanted sexual activity, manipulation, threatening, and overly criticizing.

  • Women aged 16-24 experience highest rate of IPV
  • Between 20-47% of men and women are victims of dating violence in college
  • Up to 90% of college students report psychological violence
  • Nearly 1/3 of college students report assaulting a partner

Early warning signs that your date may eventually become abusive:

  • Extreme jealousy
  • Controlling behavior
  • Quick involvement
  • Unpredictable mood swings
  • Alcohol and drug use
  • Explosive anger
  • Isolates you from friends and family
  • Uses force during an argument
  • Shows hypersensitivity
  • Believes in rigid sex roles
  • Blames others for his problems or feelings
  • Cruel to children or animals
  • Verbally abusive
  • Abused former partners
  • Threatens violence

How to Start a Conversation With a Victim

  • Tell her/him that you are worried.
  • Listen without judgment.
  • Believe without questioning.
  • Tell her/him that she/he deserves to be treated better.
  • Encourage friends to meet with a therapist at Counseling Services 785-532-6927

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