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The Victim of an Abusive Relationship

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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
                                                    and vulnerable.
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
                                                    change.
       Fear of intimidation
       Acceptance of highly controlling            Encourage the student to connect with
       behavior                                     family and friends.
       Assuming responsibility for partner’s
       abusive behavior
       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.
necessary.

				
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