What is Interpersonal Violence?

Behavior that causes physical, psychological, or sexual harm to another. Interpersonal violence includes (but is not limited to): Sexual violence, rape, stalking, dating and relationship violence, harassment, and gender-based violence.

When considering terms for different types of violence it is important to note that definitions can vary. Definitions can vary from state to state, and can also be different for college campuses.

The important thing to remember is that, together, we can work to create a campus culture where violence isn’t tolerated and everyone does their part to reduce the likelihood of others being harmed.

How can you help prevent violence from?

  • Challenge behaviors that are supportive of violence
    • Examples of behaviors that support violence include: supporting rape myths, victim blaming, trivializing/joking about sexual violence, and objectifying people.
  • Intervene when you notice a harmful situation
    • If you notice a potentially harmful situation how might you intervene in a way that is realistic for you, to make it less likely that harm will happen?
      • Try one of the 3 Ds: Direct, Delegate, or Distract
    • Be mindful of your own language
    • Become a STRIVE Volunteer Peer Educator
      • STRIVE peer educators are involved in outreach and education related to the prevention of interpersonal violence.
      • STRIVE Volunteer Peer Educator Interest form: http://bit.ly/strivevpe
    • Request a STRIVE Presentation
      • Topics include: Consent, Healthy Relationships, Interpersonal Violence Overview, Rape Culture, and Bystander Intervention.
    • Attend STRIVE Outreach Events


Campus Resources

Office of Victim Services

Title IX Office