» Abusive Relationships / Intimate Partner Violence / Domestic Violence

You have rights in a relationship. Relationships should be built on a foundation of respect and should include qualities like honesty, openness, trust, support, and understanding.

An abusive intimate partner relationship happens when two people enter into a relationship and one person attempts to have power over the other through the use of coercion, control, and intimidation, or through a pattern of abusive behaviors that are used to gain or maintain power and control over their partner. Abusive behaviors can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure or wound someone.

Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender. It can happen to couples who are married, living together or who are dating. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.

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If you are a student and want to know your options, get additional information, support, assistance contact: Dr. Dani Smith at: (714) 744-7080 or dasmith@chapman.edu

If you want to file a title IX report and need support and assistance contact: Dr. DeAnn Yocum Gaffney at: (714) 997-6721 or gaffney@chapman.edu

If you are in immediate danger: Call 911, local police or Chapman Public Safety.