Campus Responses to Dating Violence and Sexual Assault: Information from University Representatives

Chiara Sabina, Nicole Verdiglione, Elizabeth Zadnik

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Universities have an obligation to provide student victims with services that are easily accessible. This study focused on the provision of sexual assault and dating violence services of large, public 4-year institutions, as reported by university representatives. The sample included security officers from 45 universities who completed phone interviews between February and May 2013. Phone interviews consisted of 15 open-ended questions. The findings point to highly variable practices and services offered across campuses. The services most frequently reported by university representatives include counseling and police services. The findings also suggest that public 4-year institutions not only offer varied levels of services, but such services might not be readily available to student victims. Although many representatives identified underserved groups and suggestions for improvement, a sizable portion did not acknowledge any. Further, university representatives did not distinguish between services provided for dating violence and sexual assault.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)88-102
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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