Student’s First: Breaking Down The “how-to’s”

Campus life is centered around the success of students from an academic and interpersonal perspective. With campus life putting student’s first, it is important that prevention efforts are student and survivor centered as well.  When working with students there are multiple factors to consider to ensure prevention and outreach efforts address all populations present on campus, especially those with marginalized identities. 

Resources for Students

Students are often balancing classes, homework, work schedule, social activities and their own personal issues. Although students are often expected to have the answers, students continue to look towards trusted campus staff and faculty members for assistance when they encounter difficult personal or social situations. To engage students in relationship building and prevention practices, explore the tools below: 

Condensed protocol and procedure sheets, referred to as “one pagers

Understanding the intersection of substance use and intimate partner violence

Understanding intimate partner violence “norms” around the world

Debunking myths about intimate partner violence

Best practices for helping a roommate in an abusive relationship

Best practice for helping a friend in an abusive relationship

Understanding Campus Culture

Between social media, internet blogs, and celebrity news, the information that is present in pop culture continues to shape campus culture throughout the nation. With technology allowing access to information and resources to all the latest stories, those who want to integrate pop culture into intimate partner violence prevention work are able to follow the stories as well. From Netflix to TMZ, check out some of the ways to integrate pop culture into prevention efforts!


Current Netflix Shows that can be used in prevention programming: 

‘Til Death Do Us Part: Dating/Domestic Violence | Depicts an abusive relationship & how a survivor escapes her abuser and starts a new life

You: Stalking/Dating Violence | Story from perspective of abuser, depicts manipulation and stalking 

The Staircase: Domestic Violence | Depicts the real trial of Michael Peterson who was accused of murdering his wife in Durham, NC 

Abducted In Plain Sight: Family Violence | Depicts the true story of how a perpetrator manipulated, coerced and abused an entire family

Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes: Sexual Violence/Dating Violence | Depicts the true story of Ted Bundy, a serial killer who attacked multiple college campuses

BRIGHT: Marginalized Identities | Deep allegory used throughout the movie to depict how marginalized identities are discriminated against and represented in the United States 

The Hunting Ground: Sexual Violence | Depicts the stories of multiple college campuses responses to sexual violence or lack thereof and how the students fought back

The SINNER (Season 1): PTSD/Trauma, Dating Violence | Depicts the story of a woman who is triggered by suppressed dating violence

Pretty Little Liars: Stalking | Depicts the story of four teenage girls who are manipulated and stalked by a mysterious person for years


Technology: The Latest and Greatest Trends Relating to IPV 

 Technology is constantly changing and continues to evolve daily. With the new apps and features on social media, it can be hard to keep up with the changes as they relate to investigating cases on college campuses. Check out the information below about some of the newest updates in social media applications. 

Instagram users can now “unsend” messages, so that it appears they never sent the messages at all when submitting evidence. Check out how this works. 

Everything from SnapCash, to Discover to SnapCodes… All the basics of the complicated SnapChat

A three minute video explanation of the dating app, Tinder

iPhone glitch that allows you to listen in on others, impacts iOS systems running 12.1 or later

The Basics: Students who want to get involved!

Most college students (57%) say that they would have a difficult time being able to identify abusive behavior in a friend’s dating relationship. Another 58% say they wouldn’t know how to help someone who was being victimized in an abusive relationship. Learn about dating abuse and how to recognize warning signs.