Dating violence with college students
“It’s hard to know what to look for,” said Jane Randel, senior vice president for corporate communications at Liz Claiborne Inc., which commissioned the survey.
In talking with teens and college students who have dealt with dating violence, Randel said, “they all knew something was wrong, but they didn’t know what to call it.” The company has formulated a free high school curriculum through its Love is Not Abuse initiative.
Police described the murder as a “domestic incident.” The two cases are not the only abusive relationships to end in the death of a college student in recent months.Randel said several people have described it as “creepy.” But that’s the point.“It’s a matter of having kids understand that it’s okay to have things that are private...“Don’t hear a scream, don't watch abuse, don't hear stories of abuse from your friends — and keep quiet. Find me; I will go with you to the police.” Violence and abuse that arise during a relationship are usually labeled as “domestic,” a term that college students often associate with marriages and long-term relationships, not dating or hooking up.And since there are only a few dating violence programs aimed specifically at teens or college students, many go without the help they need. They don’t think it’s for them,” said Juley Fulcher, director of policy programs at Break the Cycle, which focuses on educating teens about dating violence.