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Dating Violence on VA College Campuses: The Telltale Signs

October 11, 2010

RICHMOND, Va. - When it comes to college dating, research shows that one in five partners experience some form of violence or abuse, which is why a campaign focused on raising awareness of the issue on college campuses was created by the Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance. The "Red Flag Campaign" highlights the telltale signs of dating violence.

Alliance public awareness manager Kate McCord lists some abusive behaviors to look out for.

"Signs include emotional abuse and coercion, isolating a partner from friends or family, even some stalking behaviors. We want to encourage college campuses to start discussing these kinds of abuses."

McCord says college campuses are often closed or very tight-knit communities, which offers ample opportunity to educate students about unhealthy and dangerous behaviors.

"We encourage peers, friends and other college community members to intervene when they see warning signs, or red flags, for dating violence."

The "Red Flag Campaign" has received a great deal of national as well as international attention. McCord attributes that to both the prevalence of dating violence on campuses and the involvement by students in the "Red Flag Campaign."

Verizon Wireless and The Verizon Foundation helped bring the campaign to every college campus in Virginia this year.

More information about the campaign can be found at Domestic violence help is available by contacting the Virginia statewide hotline, 1-800-838-8238.

Monique Coppola, Public News Service - VA