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Domestic/ Dating Violence


Intimate Partner Violence occurs when one partner attempts to maintain power and control over the other through one or more forms of abuse: including sexual, physical, verbal, and emotional abuse. Intimate Partner Violence affects both females and males, regardless of racial, social, economic backgrounds, and sexual orientations.  Given the prevalence of violence within dating and marital relationships, communities must work together to prevent these destructive patterns and ensure that victims have adequate access to legal protection and other resources.      

Statistics on Domestic/Dating Violence

* 21% of college students report they have experienced dating violence by a current partner;

* 32% report dating violence by a previous partner.

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

* Over 13% of college women report they have been stalked. Of these, 42% were stalked by a boyfriend or ex-boyfriend.

Effects of Domestic/Dating Violence

* Those who experience dating violence are more likely to participate in binge drinking, fighting, and/or smoking and are at an increased risk of mental illness.

* Females involved in a violent relationships, typically suffered from posttraumatic stress and dissociation, while males suffered from anxiety, depression, and posttraumatic stress.

* Research strongly suggests that social support helps mitigate the negative mental health consequences of dating violence.

Is Your Life Being Affected by Domestic/Dating Violence?

We would be glad to work with you to provide personalized assistance and resources; please contact the Project SPEAK office at 405-974-2224.  The following information includes safety tips provided by the YWCA.

If You Decide to Leave

1) Have access to a hidden set of keys.

2) Start a hidden emergency fund, even if it is only one or two dollars stashed away per week.

3) Prepare a suitcase with a couple of changes of clothes. Leave it with a trusted friend or hide it. If a suitcase is not possible, fill a dresser drawer or box with what you may need. Don't over-pack, it may tip your abuser off.

4) Gather birth certificates and social security cards for everyone who will leave with you. If possible, include important documents such as marriage license, car title, bank records, etc.

5) Develop a plan for calling for help. Use the police in an emergency. You can explain to your children about dialing 911. Tell them they can run to a neighbor's house if they can't get to a phone.

6) Tell someone you trust where you are going.

Contact Us


Nigh University Center Room 402
projectspeak@uco.edu

Call: (405) 974-2224 to schedule an appointment. If your campus advocate is not available, you can ask to leave a voicemail and your campus advocate will get back to you as soon as possible.

We are happy to answer any questions you may have and assist you in any way that is comfortable to you.  We maintain a high level of confidentiality!

ALL SERVICES ARE FREE!

Includes information from:
* The National Center for Victims of Crime, National Victims Center:  Dating Violence
* YWCA Oklahoma City Crisis Services
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Project SPEAK
100 N. University Drive NUC 
Edmond, OK 73034
Phone: (405) 974-2224

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