Domestic violence is a devastating public health issue that is especially pervasive on college campuses. The United Nations defines domestic violence as “a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner.” This abuse can be physical or emotional. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated one in four women and one in ten men have experienced violence or stalking by an intimate partner. Additionally, the American Bar Association reports that 28% of students on college campuses experience dating violence.
Domestic abuse also often goes unreported. This is particularly problematic during the COVID-19 pandemic, as some students and faculty may be learning from home with an abuser. In fact, COVID-19 has led to a global spike in domestic violence reports. Regardless of the pandemic, some students and faculty members may be struggling with the mental health repercussions of prior abuse. Sexual assault and domestic assault often go hand-in-hand and both necessitate community support and preventative action. The LiveSafe platform can help protect your school from domestic violence and its lasting effects by providing mental health resources, rapid communication with local authorities, and real-time two-way messaging assistance.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which occurs each October, is a valuable time to educate your community about domestic violence. Use this toolkit to increase institutional awareness and to prevent instances of domestic violence in your school.
Domestic Violence Awareness Infographic provides important information regarding domestic violence in the United States.
Share this infographic via email, on social media, or on a school website to increase understanding of domestic violence.
Stand Up Against Domestic Violence Infographic visualizes alarming statistics about domestic violence in our communities.
Share the infographic via email, on social media, or on a school website to build awareness of domestic violence and to let students and faculty members who are victims of domestic violence know that they are not alone.
Sexual Assault Download Posters address sexual assault awareness and prevention. Many people experiencing sexual assault are also experiencing domestic violence.
Share posters via email or social media or put printed copies in common areas to remind your community of how they can use LiveSafe to address instances of sexual assault and violence.
“How To Report an Incident” Video and Handout teach users how to submit tips like Assault/Abuse, Mental Health, or Harassment through the LiveSafe App step-by-step.
Share the video and handout with your students, faculty, and staff so they are confident with how to submit a tip in the event they need to.
Share information with students and faculty about how LiveSafe can be used to report domestic violence and to receive help and support. For example, students, faculty, and staff can access local or school-specific resources or security intervention for guidance on exiting an abusive situation. Even if your community is learning or teaching from home, they can still submit reports and receive guidance and assistance.
Emphasize anonymous reporting capabilities on sensitive topics such as domestic violence. Individuals who anonymously report tips can still access support and resources.
Update the Resources section of the LiveSafe Mobile App to include contact information and policies regarding domestic violence. This can include FAQs, health and legal resources, security assistance, support groups, national hotlines, etc. Keeping the Resources section updated can improve accessibility and make students feel more comfortable accessing help and reporting risks and concerns.
Share reminders on how to use LiveSafe and what resources it provides on school websites and safety communications to remind the community about the ways in which the Mobile App can help them stay safe.