Domestic Violence is a very serious issue especially on college campuses. Domestic Violence can be defined as: A pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner.
Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone.
Here are some statistics about domestic violence.
- 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime
- Women ages 20-24 are at greatest risk of becoming victims of domestic violence
- Every 9 seconds in the U.S. a woman is assaulted of beaten
- 1 in 7 men report intimate partner violence
- Most domestic violence incidents are never reported
If you know someone who is being abused or are being abused yourself speak out. There are many resources on campus such as: The Violence Prevention and Intervention center (located on the bottom floor of Sheffield Hall), The Milford Rape Crisis Center, 203-878-1212 (ask for Jennifer Wenderoth, the University of New Haven college advocate) and campus police, 203-932-7014. Speak up, speak out and help end domestic violence.