Facts About DV

FACT: 

Dating Violence can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, socioeconomic status, age, race, religion, color or status.

FACT:

Victims of abuse oftentimes report feeling embarrassed, humiliated, worthless, hopeless and fearful.  They may not want to tell anyone about the abuse or, if they do tell someone, they may try to minimize the abuse or hold themselves, instead of the abuser, responsible.  This phenomenon of victims holding themselves accountable for their own abuse is calling “victim-blaming”.  While victim-blaming is quite common and the explanations given by the victim may initially sound “reasonable”, victim blaming should never be taken as a reason to excuse the offender for his abusive actions.  Abuse is solely the fault of the abuser; never the victim.

FACT: 

Dating violence is not “fighting”.  Fighting is between mutual combatants.  In this situation, parties must have the equal ability to cause harm, both parties must have the option to act forcefully and both parties must mutually consent to using force or coercive tactics.

Similarly, abuse victims who utilize self-defense tactics to minimize their risk of harm are not fighting.  They are victims of abuse attempting to stay safe.

 FACT:     

A victim’s decision to leave a violent relationship greatly increases his/her danger of being severely injured by the abuser.  Advising victims to leave an abusive relationship without a safety plan in place is dangerous. Please contact the RSVP Coordinator on campus or a 24-hour domestic violence hotline for safety planning and resources.

FACT:    

Women aged 16-24 experience the highest per capita rate of intimate partner violence.

 FACT:

60% of acquaintance rapes on college campuses occur in casual or steady dating relationships.

 FACT:

Dating violence is strictly prohibited by Prairie View A& M University and is a violation of the Student Conduct Code.  Dating Violence is also a chargeable crime in the State of Texas.