Care on Campus strives to improve UCF’s ability to identify and support college students who are experiencing violence in their relationships.
Screening for intimate partner violence (IPV) is uncommon and not standardized across university settings and current screening tools and practices in the general healthcare setting do not meet the needs of college students.
Researchers from UCF’s Violence Against Women Cluster partnered with Student Health Services and UCF Victim Services to develop and implement a screening tool to identify past year IPV among college students, as well as help implement strategies for prevention and response.
Students who have appointments at Student Health Services may be asked to participate in this study. What we learn from their answers will help us improve our efforts to assist students who are experiencing abuse in their relationships.
This project was funded by the Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation.
Up to 74% of college students report a history of sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking.
Almost 50% of women report their first incident of intimate partner violence (IPV) occurring between the ages of 18 and 24.
The purpose of this study is to improve our ability to identify and support college students who are experiencing violence in their relationships. We want to know more about the types of violence students might be experiencing in their relationships and what kinds if support would be most helpful for the university to give. To do, that we are developing a questionnaire to try and better capture the experiences of students on campus.
What we learn here today will help researchers and Student Health Services to improve efforts to assist students who are experiencing abuse in their relationships.
No, it will not. We made sure not to ask your name or any other information that could possibly identify you. The questionnaires are stored separately, with the researchers, and are not part of your medical ﬁle. As such, no identifying information is linked to your answers.
No, this does not affect your care. Your decision to participate or not to participate in this study will in no way affect your relationship with UCF, including continued enrollment, grades, employment, or your relationship with the individuals who may have an interest in this study. Regardless of whether or not you decide to participate, we encourage you to talk about your relationships with your provider if you have any doubts or concerns.
If you have any questions or concerns about the ethics of this study, please contact:
Dr. Bethany Backes, Assistant Professor
Department of Criminal Justice and School of Social Work
Phone: (407) 823-0631
Dr. Julia O’Connor, Assistant Professor
School of Social Work
Phone: (407) 823-3137
If you have questions about your rights as a research participant, or have concerns about the conduct of this study, please contact:
Institutional Review Board (IRB)
University of Central Florida, Office of Research
12201 Research Parkway, Suite 501
Orlando, FL 32826-3246
Phone: (407) 823-2901
If you or someone you know is experiencing intimate partner violence, there are free and confidential resources available, including support services here at UCF.
UCF Victim Services
24-hour Advocacy & Support Hotline
407-823-1200 or Text 407-823-6868.
Main Campus: Student Health Services; 407-823-6068
UCF Downtown: UCF Police Department Downtown; 407-823-0092
Hours: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
UCF Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Next to the Student Health Services Center
A free app that assists with safety decision-making
National Domestic Violence Hotline
24-Hour Confidential Hotline
800-799-7233 or Text “START” to 88788
National Sexual Assault Hotline
24-Hour Confidential Hotline
Harbor House of Central Florida (local agency in Orlando)
24-Hour Confidential Crisis Hotline
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