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Know the Facts - Relationship Violence

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The Cycle of Violence

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Relationship Violence

What You Need To Know

Relationship violence occurs all too frequently on college campuses across the country. It happens to people of all genders, ages, religions, races, sexual orientations, and socio-economic classes. The social, emotional, physical, and sexual consequences of relationship violence are severe and can be fatal.

Definition of Relationship Violence

Relationship violence is defined as "any hurtful or unwanted physical, sexual, verbal, or emotional act inflicted by a casual or intimate dating partner with the intention, either real or perceived, of causing pain or injury to another person."

Note: Given that in most relationship violence situations the abuser is male and the victim is female, the abuser will be referred to with a male pronoun and the victim will be referred to with a female pronoun throughout this website. This in no way negates the fact that men can be abused and women can be abusers or that both the abused and abuser can be of the same sex.

Extent of the Problem


The following statistics were taken from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 2007:

53% of victims of domestic violence were abused by a current or former boyfriend or girlfriend.

Relationship violence always progresses in severity, intensity, and frequency over time. For instance, physical abuse is almost always preceded and accompanied by verbal abuse. Thus, it is important to identify abusive behavior.

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