Take a Stand Against Violence
1 in 4 women. 1 in 7 men. What do these statistics mean? These numbers represent those in the United States over the age of eighteen who have experienced physical violence by an intimate partner. In fact, 57% of college students who report experiencing dating violence and abuse said it occurred in college. Digital dating abuse and harassment has increased with college students who provide their intimate partners with the passwords to their computers, various email and social media accounts. College students who do so are twice as likely to be physically abused, 2.5 times as likely to be psychologically abused, and five times as likely to experience sexually coercion.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Georgia State University Student Code of Conduct (the Code) defines domestic violence is as violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the alleged victim; by a person with whom the alleged victim shares a child in common; by a person who is cohabitating with, or has cohabitated with, the victim as a spouse or intimate partner, or by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the alleged victim. Additionally, the Code defines dating violence as violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the alleged victim. Dating violence includes, but is not limited to, sexual or physical abuse or the threat of such abuse. Dating violence does not include acts covered under the definition of domestic violence. Georgia State University is committed to providing students with the tools needed to identify signs of dating and domestic violence as well as informing students of ways to report dating and domestic violence. Support services for those who have been impacted by dating or domestic violence is available as well. The office of the Dean of Students facilitated an Escalation Workshop (Dating Violence) on September 10 and September 19, 2018. The next Escalation Training is scheduled in Piedmont Central on October 23, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
Information about how to recognize the signs of domestic violence can be found here. We encourage you to take a stand by reporting any signs of domestic violence here. For more information about dating and domestic violence, view the Sexual Misconduct Policy. You may also contact the Counseling and Testing Center, Student Victim Assistance, or the Student Health Clinic for assistance or confidential services.