42% of stalking incidences reported by college women were perpetrated by a current or former intimate partner.1
College students face unique obstacles in dating relationships and when seeking help, such as:
- Living on campus away from home can make students feel trapped in their community and social peer groups.
- College students might be more fearful of reporting because they don’t want to get in trouble for any substance use. For instance, if they were sexually assaulted, but they were drunk when it happened, they may be reluctant to report it.
- Avoiding harassment and stalking can be more difficult when a victim lives in the same residence hall as their abuser.
- Campus policies and procedures about dating abuse may be unclear.
- Campus security and RAs may be underprepared to deal with dating abuse.
In New York State, there is a law that requires colleges and universities to provide information to students about domestic violence and stalking, as well as sexual assault. For more information, visit our Campuses page.
For more on dating abuse on college campuses:
- The Red Flag Campaign
- Campus Dating Violence Fact Sheet
- A College Student’s Guide to Safety Planning