College student dating violence
It is defined by the National Domestic Violence Hotline as “A pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship.” Anyone of any background and identity can be a victim or a perpetrator of violence.
Anyone can be an abuser and anyone can be a victim, regardless of their identities, such as gender, race, age, class, ethnicity, religion, year of graduation, fraternity, athletics team, major and more.
The two dated from fall 2011 into the following spring, when Ortiz told a friend that her boyfriend touched her and made her touch him when she didn’t want to. But it was also the only relationship Ortiz had ever known.
It wasn’t until he broke up with her that summer that Ortiz confided in a mentor on campus.
He ignored her and pressured her for months, she said, and often tried to take advantage of her when she was drunk or sleeping.
This means that 21 percent of college students report having experienced dating violence by a current partner, and 32 percent of college students report experiencing dating violence by a previous partner. According to Healing Abuse Working for Change (HAWC), “Peer pressure, the presence of drugs and alcohol, stressful schedules, tight-knit friend groups and social media contribute to higher rates of abuse, sexual assault and stalking for students.