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Center on Domestic Violence, School of Public Affairs

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month event

Annual program raises awareness

In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Center of Domestic Violence is excited to partner with the campus community to host Love, Sex, Lies: An Intimacy Checkup on October 15 & 16, 2013 from 10 am to 2 pm. The annual event screens 1,000 students, faculty and staff for intimate partner violence and provides vital resources to those in need. The event will take place in the Tivoli Student Union’s Multicultural Lounge on the Auraria campus.

Participants complete an anonymous survey on the dynamics of their current or most recent relationship and have an opportunity to privately discuss their results with a counselor. Staff from community-based domestic and sexual violence service organizations, as well as campus counseling programs, are available to provide additional resources. In cases where an individual is in an immediate crisis, the Phoenix Center at Auraria will be on hand to provide in-depth support. 

The goal of Love, Sex, Lies is to provide an opportunity for people who might not typically seek help for relationship abuse to comfortably access information and assistance. The event has occurred annually on the campus since 2006 reaching almost 7000 students, faculty and staff.

“Students have a more difficult time excelling academically when they’re in an unhealthy relationship,” said Barbara Paradiso, Director of the Center on Domestic Violence at the University of Colorado Denver. “People don’t leave their lives behind when they step onto campus each day, and sometimes abuse or even violence can follow them there,” she added. 

The highest rate of intimate partner violence in the United States takes place among women aged 18-24 (DOJ, 2000). This is a troubling statistic for the Auraria Campus where 26,496 women - a majority of which are young, traditional college aged students – go to school.  Nationally, 31% of college students report dating violence by a previous partner: 21% report violence at the hands of a person with whom they are currently in a relationship (Sellers and Bromley, 1996). In the context of one year’s period, more than 13% of college women indicate they have been stalked, 42% of these by a boyfriend or ex-boyfriend (Fischer, 2000). A 2007 national Campus Sexual Assault Study found 13.7% of college women had been victims of at least one completed sexual assault since entering college (Krebs, Lindquist, Warner, 2007).

The LSL event provides a snapshot of the extent of abuse experienced by students, faculty and staff. At the fall 2012 screening event, 12% of the 100 attendees reported being pushed or shoved in their current or most recent relationship, 8% reported being hit or punched, and 6% reported that their partner threatened to kill himself/herself if they ended the relationship.

For more information about this year’s Love, Sex, Lies event, please contact Sam Cole at the Center on Domestic violence at (303) 315-2470 or email | Physical Address: 1380 Lawrence St., Ste. 500  Denver, CO  80204 | Mailing Address: University of Colorado Denver, SPA, Campus Box 142, P.O. Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364 | ph: 303.315.2228 | fax: 303.315.2229 | SPA Website Feedback

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