Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

Intimate Partner Violence on College Campuses

Information for Parents


Intimate partner violence (IPV) can include multiple forms of abuse including unwanted physical contact, sexual abuse, and/or psychological manipulation.  IPV is widespread resulting in about 1 in 3 young women victimized by interpersonal violence and 42% of stalking incidents reported by college women are perpetrated by a current or former intimate partner.  Furthermore, almost 80% of females report experiencing at least one incident of physical of sexual aggression by the end of college.  College students face unique obstacles when faced with IPV due to living arrangements and school procedures.  For instance, it can be difficult to avoid harassment and stalking if an abuser and victim live in the same residence hall and students may feel isolated on their campus because they are away from home and their family and friends.

Technology and Intimate Partner Violence

Young adults frequently communicate with one another by means of cell phones, email, and social media sites.  Since technology provides quick, constant access to people, it is often used as a tool for abuse and a means to establish power and control that is easier to hide than physical violence and verbal assaults.

Examples of abusive behavior:
Psychological/Threats and Intimidation
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