What is Intimate Partner Violence?

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In an effort to provide information on Intimate Partner Violence, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) created an intimate partner violence Fact Sheet helping define what intimate partner violence means.

It also has great resources and hotlines on who to call if anyone needs help.


Click here to read the fact sheet.


Click here to read the definitions of intimate partner violence.


The Right to Safe Housing on College Campuses

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Students Active For Ending Rape put together a document explaining the right to safe housing on college campuses. It breaks down some of the ways in which students can ask for better housing if they suffer from sexual assault or sexual harassment on campus.


To read the fact sheet click on the this link: student housing factsheet

Defining Sexual Assault

 White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault launched a website, Not Alone, which defines sexual assault as:

Physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or when a person is incapable of giving consent (for example, due to the student’s age or use of drugs or alcohol, or because an intellectual or other disability prevents the student from having the capacity to give consent). A number of different acts fall into the category of sexual violence, including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual abuse, and sexual coercion. Sexual violence can be carried out by school employees, fellow students, students from other schools, or third parties. Sexual violence is a form of sexual harassment.

To read a list of other key terms the Task Force, click on view resource below.

What is Stalking?

From loveisrespect.org, this document titled “What is Stalking?” helps identify stalking if someone is being psychologically harassed by someone else. It helps identify some of the key characteristics of a stalker and advises some of the ways people can hold their stalker accountable for their actions.

Click below to read the article.




Victim Rights Law Center

 The Victim Rights Law Center is leading a new response to Sexual Violence. Founded as the first law center in the nation dedicated solely to serving the legal needs of sexual assault victims, the Victim Rights Law Center is the leader in representing sexual assault victims’ legal rights within the civil context. We not only provide legal representation to victims of rape and sexual assault to help rebuild their lives, but also promote a national movement committed to seeking justice for every rape and sexual assault victim. Through an innovative model of community collaboration, we have created a network of allies (medical providers, counselors, lawyers) dedicated to improving legal services for rape victims.

The Victim Rights Law Center engages in three primary activities:

  • Free Legal Services throughout Massachusetts and in Multnomah and Washington Counties, Oregon
  • Training for attorneys and advocates nationally
  • Technical Assistance to Office on Violence Against Women Legal Assistance for Victims grantees

Click on view resource below.