Domestic Violence and Stalking Information

740-597-SAFE (7233)

Dating/Domestic Violence

The Statistics

1 in every 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime

85% of domestic violence victims are women.

Females who are 20-24 years of age are at the greatest risk for nonfatal intimate partner

30% of college students have been in relationships that involve physical aggression.

Definitions to Know

Domestic Violence:
the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/ or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another. (

Protection order: a document that is signed by a judge that offers civil protection from domestic violence.

Domestic Violence includes the following:

power                    physical abuse
control                   isolation
emotional abuse    intimidation
sexual abuse          stalking

Does your partner?

Put you down or say hurtful things to you?

Act jealous if you talk to another person?

Tell you what you can and cannot wear?

Make you feel worthless or helpless?

Get angry when you hang out with your friends and family?

If you responded YES to any of these questions please contact My Sister's Place to develop a Safe Plan.

What are your options?

Contact the Ohio Survivor Advocacy Program at 740-597-7233(SAFE).

Report the crime to the Ohio University Police Department for on campus assaults or the Athens Police Department for off-campus assaults.

Request a protection order which would keep the abuser from harassing, abusing, and being around you.


The Statistics

3 out of 4 stalking victims are stalked by someone they know.

Persons aged 18-24 years experience the highest rate of stalking

1 in 4 victims report being stalked through the use of some form of technology.

78% of stalkers use more than one approach to intimidate

1.4 million people are stalked annually.

Definitions to Know

Stalking: repetitive harassment, often including the following of another person with the intention of causing anxiety or fear

the use of the Internet or other electronic media to harass an individual with the intention of causing anxiety or fear.

Stalking may include the following behaviors:

Following someone

Written or verbal threats

Repeated and Unwanted
     Phone Calls
     Text Messages
     Instant Messages
     Facebook and Myspace Messages

Vandalizing personal property

Sending threatening or harassing letters

If stalking occurs we encourage you to:

Contact the Ohio University Survivor Advocacy Program at 740-597-SAFE (7233).

Inform stalker that behavior is unwanted if you feel safe doing so.

Log all incidents and report to the police.

Alert your roommate, RA, neighbors, etc.

Carry a cell phone to call for help.

Vary routes and routines.

Change e-mail address, phone number, etc.

Increase privacy settings on social networking sites.

“This project was supported by Grant No. 2009-WA-AX-0003 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/ exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.”

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