Interpersonal Violence Prevention & Education

Understanding the dynamics of interpersonal violence

Interpersonal violence includes a range of experiences and behaviors - across the lifespan - that are rooted in power and control. Systems of oppression and forms of inequity are the roots of all forms of interpersonal violence. Prevention starts with positive social change and creating community.  

Sexual violence [opens in new tab] is often used as a broad term that includes sexual harassment and assault, sexual exploitation, unwanted sexual contact, and other choices that contribute to a culture of harm or feelings of being unsafe. For more information about how Temple University addresses sexual misconduct, visit the Title IX website [opens in new tab]

Dating abuse or harm [opens in new tab] is sometimes referred to as relationship violence, intimate partner violence, or domestic violence. This dynamic consists of a partner engaging in a pattern of controlling or abusive behaviors to maintain power in a relationship. There can be a range of strategies such as: intimidation and threats, using isolation to control where a person goes or who they interact with, manipulating situations to undermine a partner's judgement or sense of reality, limiting access to funds and resources, tracking and controlling social media, devices, or digital access. 

Stalking [opens in new tab] is a pattern of behaviors intended to make someone feel afraid and/or in danger. Stalking presents in different ways but often includes repeated contact - either directly or indirectly. Some examples include: showing up without an invitation or after being told to stop; sending repeated messages or trying to make contact, tracking or commenting through social media accounts, and damaging property intentionally. The common thread of stalking is the actions involve unwanted contact and make someone feel afraid.

Find accurate and comprehensive information…

National Sexual Violence Resource Center [opens in new tab]

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape [opens in new tab] 
(list of sexual violence programs throughout PA by county [URL])

National Network to End Domestic Violence [opens in new tab]

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence [opens in new tab]
(list of service organizations throughout PA by county [URL])

Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center [opens in new tab]

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Violence Prevention [opens in new tab]

Learn more about how Temple University defines Sexual Misconduct [opens in new tab].

Would you like to report Sexual Misconduct at Temple [opens in new tab]?

Have you experienced violence at some point and want to talk with someone? There are resources on campus and in the community [PDF, 225 KB].