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.
This point is particularly noteworthy since breakups are the times in violent relationships when abuse most often escalates or becomes lethal.
Educating students on healthy relationships and breakups, however, can help, as can guidance for students on how to interpret the messages being targeted at youth and young adults from the media.
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.
Unfortunately, young victims of dating violence are often hesitant to come forward because of societal stigma and fear of retribution.
“Dating abuse starts when dating starts,” which can be as early as middle school.Young Victims Learn to Accept Abuse as Normal Although teen and young adult dating relationships that are violent have a significant number of characteristics that are similar to traditional domestic abuse situations, there are also some differences that impact how campus administrators, faculty and police prevent and respond to incidents.“[The victim and offender] may be talking or hanging out,” says Casey Corcoran, program director for Futures Without Violence (a non-profit organization dedicated to ending violence against women and children), about K-12 dating abuse.Our second installment on sexual violence prevention can be found here, and our third installment on sexual assault investigations can be found here.When you think of teens and young adults in their first romantic relationships, the image of fresh-faced kids holding hands and experiencing their first kiss often come to mind. adolescents is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, and 43% of dating college women report experiencing violent and abusive dating behaviors, including physical, sexual, tech, verbal and controlling abuse.