Survivors of intimate partner violence on college campuses face particular challenges — for instance, their abusers almost always know where they live or have a key to their dorm, are more likely to stalk and harass them during and following the relationship, and have mastered tactics to keep them in (or returning to) the relationship.These survivors may need transportation assistance from their schools to obtain a civil protection order, or may have particular concerns about disclosing abuse at the hands of their partner — someone for whom they love(d) and care(d) — to campus officials, the police, or their friends and family.
We’re particularly interested in hearing about strong policies at non-residential schools, as well as practices to support undocumented and/or married domestic violence survivors on college campuses. So much national attention has focused on sexual assault, that it’s easy to forget that both Title IX and the Clery Act protect survivors of gender-based violence more broadly, including victims of dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.
Learn your rights by checking out the resources below, and push for your school’s policies and practices to be responsive to the needs of a diversity of experiences of violence. Look up your university’s 2014 Clery statistics on their website (often a Google search of your university’s name and “Clery reports” will turn up the data) and tell us what you find here.
- Most survivors of intimate partner violence (69% of female survivors and 53% of male survivors) experienced some form of intimate partner violence .
Two thirds of female survivors reported that their stalker was an intimate partner.
Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.