The Victim of an Abusive Relationship
Facts about Abusive Relationships WHAT YOU CAN DO
Abusive relationships often involve a repeating See the student in private
pattern of verbal, sexual, emotional, and
physical abuse that increases over time. Recognize that the student may be fearful
Indicators of Abusive Relationships Remember that abusive relationships
Include: involve complex dynamics, including
high levels of denial and are difficult to
Verbal abuse/name calling change.
Isolation from friends and family
Be aware that interventions from a variety
Fear of abandonment
of sources increase the chances for
Fear of partner’s temper
Fear of intimidation
Acceptance of highly controlling Encourage the student to connect with
behavior family and friends.
Assuming responsibility for partner’s
Feeling trapped AVOID
Fear of leaving the relationship
Downplaying the situation.
In the event the victim has identified a student Lecturing the student about poor
or student organization as the responsible party judgment.
of the victimization, please remind the student
that the Office of Student Conduct (521-4328) Expecting the student to make quick or
is a resource. Please contact the Office of any changes
Student Conduct to document the situation and
Pressuring students to follow any
determine if student disciplinary action is
particular course of action.