Violence Against Women Prevention Program
Domestic and dating violence can happen to anyone, regardless of race, age, sexual orientation, religion, or gender. Domestic and dating violence affect people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels. Domestic and dating violence occur in both opposite-sex and same-sex relationships and can happen to intimate partners who are married, living together, or dating.
Source: U.S. Department of Justice - Office on Violence Against Women
Domestic and dating violence are considered "family violence" under Guam law. In Guam, any person who intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly commits an act of family violence is guilty of a misdemeanor or of a third-degree felony. Family violence means the occurrence of one or more of the following acts by a family or household member but does not include acts of self-defense or defense of others:
Source: Guam Code Annotated, Title 9, Chapter 30 - Family Violence
In a recent national study, 29% of women and 19% of men attending college said they had been in an abusive relationship. In addition, approximately 43% of college women and 28% of college men reported experiencing abusive and violent dating behaviors.
College students continue to stay in abusive dating relationships for many reasons. Of students who experienced relationship abuse:
Source: Knowledge Networks (2011). College Dating Violence and Abuse Poll.
A national survey conducted by the CDC indicated that 35.6% of women and 28.5% of men in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner.
Source: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (2011). The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey: 2010 Summary Report.