What is Dating or Domestic Violence?

What is Dating Violence?

Dating violence is defined as physical violence or the threat of physical violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with an individual. The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on factors such as the length and type of relationship, and frequency of interaction between the persons involved.

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is defined as physical violence or the threat of physical violence committed by a current or former spouse of an individual, by a person with whom the individual has a child in common, by a person who is cohabiting or has cohabitated with the individual as if a spouse (as determined under applicable law), or by any other person against an adult or youth who is protected from that person’s acts by applicable domestic or family violence laws.

Getting Help

A number of confidential and other support resources are provided to students who have been affected by dating or domestic violence.

Reporting Options

You have options to report if you or a friend has been affected by dating or domestic violence.  In case of emergency, call 911.  See the Reporting Options page to learn more about options available to you. To submit a report to the University administration, please use the online Speak Up report form.