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College Students and Abusive Dating Behaviors

September 15, 2011
 

A national survey of college students at four-year colleges and universities has found that many college women are in, or witness to, abusive dating relationships. The findings include the following:

  • 43 percent of dating college women report that they have experienced abusive dating behaviors including physical, sexual, technological, verbal or controlling abuse.
  • 29 percent of college women say they have been in an abusive dating relationship.
  • More than half of college students who report experiencing dating violence said it occurred in college.
  • 58 percent of college students say they wouldn't know how to help someone who is a victim of dating abuse.
  • 38 percent of college students say they wouldn't know how to get help for themselves if they were victims of dating violence.

The survey was released by Love Is Respect, a group that promotes education and policies to promote healthy and non-abusive relationships.

 
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