According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 52 percent of college women know a friend who has experienced abusive dating behaviors. Further, 57 percent of college students who said they experienced dating abuse said it occurred in college, and 58 percent of college students said they don’t know what to do to help victims. The point is this is an issue that may affect you during your time at WKU — if it hasn’t already.
Concerned about a friend or yourself but unsure if the behavior qualifies as violence and abuse? Here are some signs of domestic violence and abuse, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence:
Telling the victim he or she can’t do anything right
Jealousy when the victim spends time away or with family and friends
Keeping or discouraging the victim from seeing loved ones
Putting the victim down with insults
Stalking or excessive monitoring of the victim
Controlling how the victim dresses
Threatening to kill the victim’s loved ones or pets
Intimidating the victim with weapons
Physical injuries, including scars, burns and bruises
Pressuring the victim to have sex when he or she does not want to
Pressuring or forcing the use of drugs or alcohol
If you suspect you or someone you know may be in an abusive relationship, you can contact the hotline for help.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Several organizations in Bowling Green strive to help victims of domestic violence seek safety and recovery, and there are many volunteer opportunities.
Barren River Area Safe Space (BRASS) is a regional 26-bed shelter and program for victims of domestic violence. It offers crisis intervention, 24-hour crisis lines, counseling, advocacy, housing, educational services and other services. Visit BRASS’s website or Facebook page to learn more and about how to volunteer.
The purple ribbon represents Domestic Violence Awareness Month, so you can also wear a purple ribbon or purple clothes to spread awareness and show solidarity.