October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Posted on Tuesday, October 20, 2015

NCCU School of Law Stands Against Domestic Violence

_P1320940.jpg-resizedOn October 14, 2015, law students, faculty and staff gathered together to call attention to the issue of domestic violence in our community. This event was coordinated by the Domestic Violence Clinic. The purpose of the Domestic Violence Clinic is two-fold: (1) to provide students with domestic violence-specific legal training and real courtroom experience in obtaining civil domestic violence protection cases and (2) to provide victims of domestic violence with assistance as they navigate through the legal process as well as to afford selected clients with holistic, quality legal representation. The clinic works closely with Legal Aid of North Carolina, the Durham Crisis Response Center and the NCCU Women’s Center on-campus in an effort to ensure that persons in need receive legal assistance and/or representation along with coordinated community services available to them. We ask all Eagles to join the movement to end domestic violence in our community by raising awareness and taking proactive measures to address this serious issue.

Factors to consider concerning domestic violence:

  • Domestic violence happens in all kinds of families and relationships. Persons of any class, culture, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, age and sex can be victims or perpetrators of domestic violence.
  • 1 in 5 college women (22%) report physical abuse, sexual abuse, or threats of physical violence. 43% of dating college women report experiencing some violent and abusive dating behaviors including physical, sexual, technological, verbal or controlling abuse. (Knowledge Networks, 2011).
  • The same study also reveals that more than half of students surveyed (57%) said that it is difficult to identify dating abuse and 58% said that they don’t know what to do to help someone who is a victim of dating abuse.
  • More than 40% of LGBTQ+ and other non-heterosexual identities report that they have experienced intimate partner violence in their current relationships, a rate that generally aligns with the rate of violence among heterosexual couples. (Edwards & Sylaska, 2014).
  • There are many reasons why victims of domestic violence may not leave. If a victim chooses to stay is does not mean he or she deserves to be abuses or that the abuse is acceptable.
  • Leaving an abusive relationship can be the most dangerous time for a person who is being abused. Perpetuators of domestic violence may escalate their abusive behaviors when a victim attempts to leave the relationship. (United States Department of Justice, National Crime Survey, 1995).