Education Dec 2, It was her 22nd birthday. A day earlier, on Thanksgiving, Shannon Jones, a student at Cornell University, was allegedly strangled to death by her boyfriend during an argument. In October, Cecilia Lam, a San Francisco State University student and advocate for the prevention of domestic violence, was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend.
Last month, Diamoney Greene, a student at the University of South Carolina, was killed by her boyfriend. Both killings were murder-suicides. While not currently at the forefront of a national conversation, domestic violence remains as prevalent an issue among college students as sexual assault.
One in five students has experienced domestic violence — a statistic that directly mirrors the U. As with cases of sexual assault, most incidents of domestic violence go unreported, meaning the number is likely much higher.
College-aged women experience a higher rate of partner violence than any other age group, according to the Justice Department. Thirteen percent of college women say they have been stalked, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Of college students who have been sexually assaulted, 35 percent of them were assaulted while on a date.
Six in 10 acquaintance rapes on college campuses occur in dating relationships. In fact, many prevention methods for sexual assault, she said, are based on methods previously created for preventing domestic abuse. And attempting to prevent that is a holistic approach that starts with sexual harassment and goes through sexual assault and even murder.
When we talk about these things, we have to talk about them on this continuum. In October, the U. The new regulation now requires colleges to compile statistics not only for cases of sexual assault, but also for incidents of dating violence, domestic violence and stalking.
Colleges must include in their annual security reports a statement of policy and procedures for dealing with these crimes. Also new to the final version of the rules is a requirement for colleges to record incidents of stalking based on the location of where either the stalker first began stalking or where the victim first became aware of it. While men can be victims of dating violence, the overwhelming majority of victims are women, making the a lack of proper prevention of partner abuse a violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of Many colleges have counseling and support services for students who are victims of domestic violence, as well as partnerships with local domestic violence shelters.
South Carolina promotes bystander intervention through its Stand Up Carolina initiative. The University of Chicago, where Ezaldein was studying law, organizes several domestic violence awareness campaigns and events through its law school, including the Domestic Violence Project. In just the last month, colleges have punished several students — many of them athletes — who have been charged with or accused of domestic violence.
Later than month, the University of Michigan dismissed a student from its football team after he was arrested on domestic violence charges. They need to know that violent people cannot continue to be violent with impunity. There has to be some price to pay. This post has been corrected. Inside Higher Ed is a free, daily online publication covering the fast-changing world of higher education. A photo posted on Facebook shows Shannon Jones, a student at Cornell University, who was allegedly strangled to death by her boyfriend on Thanksgiving.