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This paper presents prevalence data gathered from the fast-growingmetropolitan southeast in the United States college campus representativesample through an on-line 28-question survey on the sexual,physical, and psychological harm in university/college dating anddomestic violence relationships. The study questions were 1) what isthe prevalence of dating and domestic violence on college campus?and 2) what are the characteristics of those affected by it? The results,derived from the Revised Conflict Tactics Scale (CTS2) and the datingexperiences survey, reveal that college students’ gender identity,sexual orientation, grade point average (GPA), number of missingclasses, current relationship status that they were associated withdating and domestic violence among college students. Statisticallysignificant relationships were found between sexual violence andparticipants’ sexual orientation and the length of their romanticrelationship as well as physical violence, including hitting and shoving,and participants’ sexual orientation and their class attendance.Institutional responses to prevent campus violence through preventiontraining, education, and intervention services could lower theprevalence of dating and help alleviate the adverse effects that itcould have on college students.


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