Intimate partner violence, also known as domestic or dating violence, includes physical battering, sexual assault, and stalking. It often involves psychological abuse and verbal humiliation. It is a serious crime that occurs in both casual and serious relationships. Intimate partner violence occurs in all socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, age, and religious groups.
Please see Scampus for a detailed understanding of the university conduct code.
Are you in an Abusive Relationship?
Does your partner:
- Constantly want to know where you are or with whom you’ve been?
- Often accuse you of being unfaithful?
- Criticize you all the time?
- Prevent you from getting to work or school?
- Resent the time you spend studying?
- Get in the way when you’re connecting with your family or friends?
- Ask why you can’t be like you were when you were first going out?
- Get angry easily, especially when drinking?
- Force you to account for every penny you spend?
- Humiliate you in public?
- Destroy your property or sentimental items?
- Hit or punch you?
- Use or threaten to use a weapon against you?
- Say if you changed that they wouldn’t abuse you?
- Make excuses for their own behavior?
- Force you to have sex?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the questions above, you may be in an abusive relationship or in a relationship that could become abusive. If you are caught in an abusive relationship, please ask for help. Please contact RSVP to speak with a counselor to receiving aid in gaining clarity about your relationship.
If you answered “yes” to some of these questions, you should be thinking about safety strategies.
- Tell someone what’s happening. Confide in a relative or close friend whom you trust. See a counselor at RSVP. Call a hotline for help.
- Create a safety plan.
- Arrange to have a place where you can stay overnight at short notice if it suddenly becomes necessary.
- Memorize the phone numbers of a trusted friend or a hot line.
- If you are hurt or threatened, file an incident report with LAPD or the USC Department of Public Safety.
- Document every incident, every injury, and every effort to obtain counseling or other help, even if you don’t file a police report. Good documentation helps the authorities take your allegations with the seriousness they deserve.
- Keep originals of important papers — school and medical records, insurance documents, birth certificate, immigration papers, prescriptions — somewhere safe.
- Don’t leave appointment books or address books lying around.
- Take a self-defense class.
- If you’ve left someone who abused you, get a restraining order. RSVP can assist you in obtaining one.
In an emergency, call DPS (213-740-4321) or LAPD (911). If you’re calling on a cellular phone, be sure that you can describe your location accurately.
Helpful Telephone Numbers:
- Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services (RSVP): (213) 740-4900
- Department of Public Safety – Emergency: (213) 740-4321 Business: (213) 740-6000
- Student Counseling Services: (213) 740-7711
- USC Staff/Faculty Counseling Services: Center for Work and Family Life: (213)-821-0800
- Los Angeles Police Department – Emergency: 911 Threat Management Unit: (213) 485-7576
- Campus Cruiser – (Escort Service) UPC: (213) 740-4911 HSC: (323) 442-2100
- Peace Over Violence Self-Defense: (213) 955-9098