Domestic Violence Awareness
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This is an opportunity for colleges and universities to educate their campus communities on the issues of domestic violence, including promoting awareness and prevention. According to recent published statistics:
- 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men aged 18 and older in the U.S. have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime
- More than 1 in 3 women and more than 1 in 4 men in the U.S. have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) defines domestic violence as "a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone." The OVW provides federal leadership in developing the national capacity to reduce violence against women as well as administer justice for and strengthen services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
Please visit the UCSB Campus Women's Center for more information: