The Domestic Violence Awareness Campaign was designed to educate students on domestic/dating violence, as well as campus and community resources available for victims and survivors of these crimes.

What Is It?

Domestic or dating violence is a pattern of behavior in an intimate relationship that is used by one person to gain power and control over another person. There are many different forms of abuse. Domestic and dating abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions/threats that negatively influence another person. (Green Dot)

What Are Some Possible Signs of Domestic or Dating Abuse?

  • Intensity: Extreme feelings, over-the-top behavior that feels overwhelming or excessive.*

  • Jealousy: Everyone experiences some jealousy, but this becomes unhealthy when someone lashes out or tries to control you because of it.*

  • Manipulation: When a partner tries to influence your decisions, actions, and emotions.*

  • Isolation: Keeping you away from friends, family, or other loved ones.*

  • Sabotage: Intentionally ruining your reputation, achievements, or success.*

  • Belittling: Making you feel bad about yourself or making you feel guilty or responsible for your partner's actions.*

  • Volatility: Unpredictable overreactions; if you feel like you need to “walk on eggshells” around them or do things to keep them from lashing out.*


Some Facts About Domestic and Dating Abuse

  • One in three women and one in four men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner.*

  • More than half (57 percent) of college students who report experiencing dating violence and abuse said it occurred in college.

  • 43 percent of dating college women report experiencing violent and abusive dating behaviors, including physical, sexual, technological, verbal, or controlling abuse.

  • 58 percent of college students say they don't know what to do to help someone who is a victim of dating abuse.

  • 38 percent of college students say they don't know how to get help for themselves if they were a victim of dating abuse.

  • More than half of all college students (57 percent) say it is difficult to identify dating abuse.

  • One in three (36 percent) of dating college students have given a dating partner their computer, email, or social network passwords, and these students are more likely to experience digital dating abuse.

  • *NCADV
    National Domestic Violence Hotline

Domestic Violence Awareness Events and Activities

Silent Witness Display

Silent Witnesses are wooden silhouettes of people, each displaying the story of an adult or child that was killed in a domestic violence incident. Every October, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Haven Project hosts a visual display in the Oak Grove that includes the Silent Witnesses. This display also includes the Domestic Violence Graveyard, a collection of tombstones that display statistics about domestic violence. The Haven Project will table during the event to provide more information, resources, and opportunities for students to get involved in domestic violence prevention.

Escalation Workshop

The Escalation Workshop is a film-based discussion that opens people's eyes to the warning signs of relationship abuse. The workshop consists of a film, Escalation, followed by a guided discussion led by a trained facilitator (Haven Project staff are trained to facilitate this workshop).

To schedule a workshop, visit request a workshop or presentation.

For more information, visit JoinOneLove.

IUP Students Taking a Stand Against Violence: