“A lot of this is empowering survivors to know what they can do and to report these crimes, but frankly a lot of is providing appropriate deterrents,” Maatz said.“Having an abuser write a book report is not going to encourage survivors to come forward.
Domestic violence – that is, violence between intimate partners – is a horrifying form of aggression.
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.
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. While not currently at the forefront of a national conversation, domestic violence remains as prevalent an issue among college students as sexual assault.