Discussing Intimate Partner Violence

discussing domestic violence

This month the Promoting Access and Wellness in Students (PAWS) feature is on an issue that has recently garnered national attention, intimate partner violence. Intimate partner violence is a contemporary term that includes both dating violence and domestic violence. It is, essentially, a pattern of behavior that one person in a relationship uses to gain or maintain power over the other person.




To learn more about intimate partner violence, Ashford University’s Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, ADA/Title IX Compliance Officer, Poppy Fitch offers her thoughts. Poppy presents startling statistics regarding intimate partner violence and provides us with several helpful resources that victims and advocates alike will find useful.


Also included is a visit to San Diego 2-1-1’s offices to find out more about how individuals facing intimate partner violence can find local support in their communities. What started as a conversation about intimate partner violence related resources quickly turned into a learning opportunity, as more information about the many services, supports, and resources that are offered through 2-1-1 were discussed.

May this month’s PAWs leave you better informed regarding intimate partner violence. Until next time, cheers to your health!


Written by: Samuel Harvey

Sam is the Content Specialist for the Office of Student Access and Wellness at Ashford University.



http://211us.org/- Every day thousands of people across North America turn to 2-1-1 for information and support – Whether financial, domestic, health or disaster related. 2-1-1 is a free, confidential referral and information hotline.

http://www.thehotline.org/ - The National Domestic Violence Hotline has highly-trained advocates that are available 24/7 to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship.

http://nomore.org/ - NO MORE is a public awareness and engagement campaign focused on ending domestic violence and sexual assault. Using its signature blue symbol to increase visibility and foster greater dialogue, NO MORE seeks to break social stigma, normalize the conversation around domestic violence and sexual assault, and increase resources to address these urgent issues.

Ashford Community Safety – Find out more about how Ashford University is committed to maintaining a safe learning environment.

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