University of Houston-Victoria

Victim Intervention and Prevention


What is Interpersonal Violence?

Dating Violence

Dating violence is a pattern of destructive behaviors used to exert power and control over a dating partner. It usually involves a series of abusive behaviors over the course of time.


Domestic Violence

Also called spouse abuse, family violence, or domestic abuse, domestic violence is any abusive, violent, coercive, forceful, or threatening act or word inflicted by one member of a family or household on another.

  • It is a crime with serious repercussions, not only to the victim, but also to family members, friends and fellow students
  • It includes a pattern of manipulative and violent tactics
  • These behaviors are a combination of physical force and terror
  • The victim is forced to change his/her behavior in response to the abuse

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Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is any unwanted, non-consensual sexual contact against any individual by another using manipulation, pressure, tricks, coercion or physical force. Sexual assault can be verbal, visual, or anything that forces a person to join in unwanted sexual contact or attention. 

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Stalking can be defined as a pattern of repeated and unwanted attention, harassment, contact, or any other course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.  A stalking victim feels fear of bodily injury or death to self or to a family or household member or damage to property.  

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