Interpersonal Violence Prevention & Education

Understanding the dynamics of violence

Sexual violence is a spectrum of situations where someone forces or manipulates someone else into unwanted sexual activity without their consent. Reasons someone might not consent include fear, age, illness, ability, and / or influence of alcohol or other drugs.

  • 90% of the time, the person who harms another person is known to that person – often a friend or former friend or roommate, dating partner or ex, or acquaintance.
  • About 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men report experiencing some sort of contact sexual violence at some point in their lifetime. 
  • Many people (24%-41%) who experienced sexual violence, said that the first incident happened before they turned 18. 

Domestic or intimate partner violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors – including physical, sexual, and psychological attacks as well as economic coercion – that adults and adolescents use against an intimate partner.

  • More than 27% of women and 11% of men in the U.S. have experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence, and / or stalking by an intimate partner. 
  • 21% of college students reported having experienced abuse by a current partner and more than half of those students experienced abusive relationships while in college.

Stalking is a pattern or set of behaviors directed at a specific person with the intent of making them feel afraid, intimidated, or generally unsafe.  Stalking is serious, often violent, and can escalate over time.

  • 1 in 6 women and 1 in 19 men report experiencing stalking at some point during their lifetime.
  • Over 85% of stalking victims are stalked by someone they know.

Learn more about how Temple University defines Sexual Misconduct and violence on campus.

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Have you experienced violence at some point and want to talk with someone? There are confidential resources on campus and in the community.


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 Peugh, J. & Glauber, A. (2011). 2011 College Dating Violence and Abuse Poll: Prepared for Liz Claiborne, Inc. [PowerPoint slides]. Retrieved from