Over half of all college students (57%) say it is difficult to identify dating abuse. (https://www.loveisrespect.org/pdf/College_Dating_And_Abuse_Final_Study.pdf) People often assume physical violence when they hear about abuse, but that is not always the case. Dating/domestic abuse, also referred to as intimate partner violence, is a pattern of behaviors used to gain or maintain power and control over a partner — physical violence is just one example of such behavior.
According to data from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence:
- Almost half of all women and men in the U.S. have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime (48.4% and 48.8%, respectively).
- Between 94-99% of domestic violence survivors have also experienced economic abuse.
- 1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime.
Understanding common types of abuse will better prepare you to identify them when you see them. Find out more at loveisrespect.org.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.