Dating Violence

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 Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services to speak with a counselor to receiving aid in gaining clarity about your relationship.

Safety Strategies

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 Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services . 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. Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services 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: (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


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