Campus dating violence statistics
That’s why preventing nonsexual partner violence is often approached in the same manner as preventing sexual assault on college campuses, said Lisa Maatz, vice president of government relations at the American Association of University Women.
In fact, many prevention methods for sexual assault, she said, are based on methods previously created for preventing domestic abuse. “When we’re talking about sexual assault, we’re basically talking about violence against women.
In February, 21-year-old Miami University student, Rebecca Eldermire was shot to death by her ex-boyfriend in her apartment (just a mile from campus). According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, about 6 in every 1,000 students will be sexually assaulted.
“Having an abuser write a book report is not going to encourage survivors to come forward.On Thanksgiving Day 2014, the body of Shannon Jones, 23, a senior engineering student at Cornell University was found in an apartment.Her boyfriend, 32, had strangled her after an argument.In October, Cecilia Lam, a San Francisco State University student and advocate for the prevention of domestic violence, was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend.Last month, Diamoney Greene, a student at the University of South Carolina, was killed by her boyfriend. While not currently at the forefront of a national conversation, domestic violence remains as prevalent an issue among college students as sexual assault.“It would be fair to say that we don’t really hear as much about domestic violence, but there are really proactive steps being taken now to address that oversight,” she said. The new regulation now requires colleges to compile statistics not only for cases of sexual assault, but also for incidents of dating violence, domestic violence and stalking.Colleges must include in their annual security reports a statement of policy and procedures for dealing with these crimes.In November, the University of New Mexico suspended a women’s basketball player after she allegedly threw a knife at her boyfriend during an argument.Later than month, the University of Michigan dismissed a student from its football team after he was arrested on domestic violence charges.One in five students has experienced domestic violence — a statistic that directly mirrors the U. Department of Justice’s findings on student victims of sexual assault (though some have contested those findings).As with cases of sexual assault, most incidents of domestic violence go unreported, meaning the number is likely much higher.