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Domestic abuse means any of the following engaged or threatened to be engaged in by an adult against another adult living with or in a dating relationship with the person.
(Adapted from Signs to Look for in a Battering Personality, from the Project for Victims of Family Violence. Fayetteville. Ark.)
Relationships can be healthy, unhealthy, abusive or somewhere in between. Explore the web site Love is Respect to learn what dating looks like, ways to respect your partner's needs and how to communicate effectively.
Although much information has been written and discussed about physical and sexual abuse as well as domestic violence, less information is available regarding emotional abuse. At this point, there is no universally accepted definition of emotional/verbal abuse. Similar to other forms of relationship abuse, emotional and/or verbal abuse is based on power and control. It is commonly referred to as a pattern of behavior that can seriously interfere with one's positive emotional development and over time, can lead to significant detriment to one's self-esteem and emotional well-being. It has been further described as an ongoing emotional environment organized by the abuser for the purposes of control. The underlying factor in the dynamic of emotional abuse is the abuser's low regard for him/her self. As the abuser may fear not being "good enough" and/or meeting other's expectations, he/she may attempt to make their victim feel and believe similar things about him/her self. The following are some of the most recognized types of emotional abuse:
Rejecting – experiences in which an individual's presence, value, or worth is not acknowledged/recognized by another individual; communication to another individual that they are worthless and/or inferior to others; devaluing one's thoughts, feelings, experiences, etc.
Isolating – this can range from the extreme of physical confinement of another individual to lesser forms of isolation, including limiting one's freedom within their environment and/or restricting normal contact with others.
Degrading – identified as behavior which negatively impacts the identity, self-worth, and dignity of another person; this may involve name calling, ridicule, insults, intimidation, and condescending commentary.
Exploiting/Corrupting – exploitation of another person for one's own advantage or profit; socializing another individual to accept ideas, behavior, etc. that opposes legal standards and/or crosses personal boundaries.
Terrorizing – ongoing threatening behavior/commentary towards another individual such that intense terror or fear is induced; may involve elements of coercion by intimidation.
Denying Emotional Responsiveness – occurs when an individual fails to provide care/concern in a sensitive and responsive manner to their significant other; this may occur when an individual interacts only when necessary, is uninvolved and detached, and ignores another person's emotional and/or physical needs.
There are various options for reporting incidents of sexual assault, stalking or relationship violence. If you are considering taking action against the perpetrator, you have the option of reporting to both the police and the Dean of Students Office.
If you are a victim of a crime or a witness to a crime and do not want to pursue action with University Police or the Menomonie Police Department, you may still want to consider making an anonymous report of criminal activity. With your permission, either police department will file a report of the incident without revealing your identity. The purpose of an anonymous report is to allow for the police to follow up on your concern with strict confidentiality, while taking steps to ensure the future safety of yourself and others. With the information you submit, the police can more accurately reflect crime statistics and establish patterns of crime with regard to location and method of operation. In addition, it allows them to provide timely alerts and warnings to the campus community when warranted. Email the UW-Stout Police or leave a message at (715) 232-2222. You may also call the Menomonie Police at (715) 232-1283.
The UW Stout Police and Menomonie Police Department will not issue underage drinking citations to students reporting to have experienced sexual assault.
If you have experienced rape, stalking, relationship violence you can report the incident to any of the following agencies:
If you choose to report the abuse, the person you report to will need to know the details of the incident in order to effectively help you. The information you report will be kept confidential unless you are threatening to harm yourself or another person. If you report to the police, the police may ask you to reveal the name of the person harming you so that they can do a criminal background check. This may help the police determine the level of danger you could be in. The most important thing to the police is that you are safe. The police may refer you to community resources to ensure your safety.
The police or a Dean of Students staff person will conduct an interview with the accused in order to obtain his/her side of the story. If the police believe there is probable cause or a reason to believe that the person committed a crime, then the person will be arrested and charges will be filed. If the Dean of Students believes that a violation of the student conduct code has occurred, the accused will be subject to campus sanctions. Navigate to Consequences of Domestic Violence to learn about the investigation procedures for the campus disciplinary process.
Each person heals from this experience in his/her own way and time. You may want to seek help from a professional counselor who is familiar with the aftermath of rape. Any counseling service you decide to receive will be kept confidential unless you give written permission to have information released to another party. You may find that you experience different emotions ranging from anger to a sense of calmness. Any feelings you experience are "normal" given your situation, as every individual reacts differently based on their past history, personality, and current circumstances. It is very important that you honor all of your feelings and that you do not blame yourself for the assault. Talking about what happened to you with people who are supportive and understanding can be very helpful. This is a way to begin the process of recovery.
Certain drugs, such as Rohypnol, GHB, and Ketamine, are sometimes called "Rape Drugs" because they can be used as a weapon in sexual assault crimes. When the drugs are hidden in a drink, they may be completely undetectable. Yet, they are powerful and dangerous. They can seriously harm or even kill you. When the drugs dissolve in the drink, they are colorless and odorless. Sometimes the drugs are also tasteless. The drugs can make you confused, weak, and/or unconscious.
It is difficult to predict the exact effects of any drug on a particular individual. The effects may vary depending upon the drug, the dose you ingest, and whether the drug is mixed with alcohol or other drugs. Other factors that influence how a particular drug will affect you are your weight, gender, metabolism, and other issues, such as how soon you receive medical assistance. If you believe you have been drugged, it is important to report the incident immediately to the police.
We encourage you to complete this form with someone you trust and print this page and keep it with you. A printable Acrobat Reader pdf of this document is available at Domestic Violence Safety Plan.
I can use the following options:
I can use the following strategies:
I can use the following safety methods:
The following steps will help enforce the order of protection:
I can do the following:
I can enhance my safety if I do the following:
I can do the following:
Faculty and Staff are often the first ones students come to with a report of sexual assault. The following flow-chart has been created to guide you through steps you can take to respond in an appropriate and effective way with survivors: Sexual Assault Response Protocol.