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Interpersonal Violence

HBCU HAVEN (Helpers and Advocates for Violence Ending Now) is an initiative that seeks to provide streamlined, efficient and comprehensive culturally-competent services to members of the NCCU campus community who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. HBCU HAVEN also aims to increase educational awareness for students, faculty and staff.

What Is Relationship Violence?

Relationship violence is a patterned use of coercion and/or control by one partner in an intimate relationship against the other. This behavior may occur during or following the termination of the relationship.

Relationship violence is always the fault of the abuser. Nothing a survivor/victim does or says causes the violence and it is never, ever a victim’s fault.

What Is Sexual Violence?

Any sexual act that is against one’s will, without one’s consent or occurs when someone is unable to give consent.

What Does “By Force” Mean?

Force can either be physical force (holding down, hitting or use of a weapon) or more subtle emotional coercion like bribes, manipulation, blackmail, threats (e.g., “You would if you loved me.” or “ I’m going to tell everyone that you did anyway.”).

What Is “True Consent”?

True consent is an active, shared decision-making process. It is choosing to do something because you want to, not because you feel like you have to. A person cannot give consent if they are forced, beaten, underage, passed out, mentally/physically impaired (intoxicated) or feels obligated. True consent is not coercive.

How To Be an Ally?

  • Be there.
  • Be a good listener.
  • Believe him/her.
  • Reassure him/her.
  • Provide support without taking over.
  • Respect the individual’s privacy.
  • Have good boundaries.
  • Take care of yourself.

You can also become an ally by getting involved in our peer leadership organizations EMERGE and Men Creating Change. More information on these organizations can be found here.

Observances

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October)

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April)

Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended, requires educational institutions that receive federal funds or financial assistance to prohibit sex discrimination in all programs and activities.

Sexual Assault = Sex Discrimination

Title IX protects you from sex discrimination in:

  • Academics
  • Activities
  • Admissions
  • Athletics
  • Employment
  • Financial Assistance
  • Housing
  • Recruitment
 
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