Nearly half of college undergrads experience relationship violence

A new study on how students experience violence, finds that about 45 percent of undergraduates experience some sort of relationship violence before and/or during their college years.

The study, called “Relationship Violence Among Female and Male College Undergraduate Students,” surveyed 910 undergraduates at three urban campuses. Students were asked about physical, emotional and sexual violence within relationships. The study found emotional abuse to be the most commonly reported type of violence.

Researchers said victimization reports are substantially higher for women at 53 percent, but a significant number of men, 27 percent, also reported being victimized.  The authors encourage non gender-specific resources in light of this finding.

For more information on campus violence read the American Association of University Women’s 2006 report Drawing the Line: Sexual Harassment on Campus and its position paper on sexual harassment.


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