Interpersonal violence is a form of violence in which someone uses power, control or intimidation in order to harm another.
This includes partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, and other uses of force, threat, intimidation, or harassment. It can include the use of alcohol or drugs to commit any of these acts. These acts can be committed by strangers, friends, acquaintances, intimates, and other persons.
Partner violence: Actions used to hurt, intimidate or control a partner or former partner.
Examples include grabbing, pushing, isolation, demeaning comments, yelling, controlling one's schedule and finances, throwing items at partner, hitting, strangling and any actions that are physically, sexually or psychologically harmful.
Sexual assault: Any form of unwanted sexual contact ranging from touching to sexual intercourse.
Examples include any sexual contact without consent or permission, rape as well as unwanted:
Stalking: Repeated behaviors and actions targeted at a specific person causing fear for one's safety.
Examples include repeated harassing texts/calls/posts, following, showing up at one's classes/home/workplace
All of us have a connection to the issue of violence. No matter who you are, there is a reason you are browsing this site. Perhaps your connection is a direct experience you have had with violence. Perhaps your connection is that you know or love someone who has been impacted. Maybe your connection is a broader concern for community safety or a commitment to social justice issues. Maybe your connection is just rooted in your desire to contribute something positive in the world. As you navigate through these pages, we challenge you to stay anchored to your connection. The daily reality and human cost of interpersonal violence within our campus community demands that we respond - urgently and immediately. This reality demands that we don't let peripheral things distract us from the goal of effectively intervening, responding to and ultimately reducing violence. We must look past the controversy and missteps that often accompany this issue. We must cut through information overload and a schedule that leaves us too busy. We must act despite the apathy and indifference fueled by thoughts such as, "It's not my issue," or, "It can't happen to me." Within these pages you will find an entry point into doing your part to address interpersonal violence at UK. We are asking you to become more conscious and deliberate about your involvement. You are contributing- one way or another. You are acting to stop or interrupt violence or you are remaining silent, allowing it to go on and modeling to others that silence is okay. Take charge of your role. A choice not to get involved is a choice to allow it to continue. Period.