Domestic Violence Among University Women

Michelle Andersen Valparaiso University, Zedrea Thomas Valparaiso University, Makyma Webb Valparaiso University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Matthew Ringenberg Valparaiso University
Domestic violence (DV), or intimate partner violence, is defined as “violent or aggressive behavior within the home, typically involving the violent abuse of a spouse or partner.” This study examined if there are statistically significant differences between the rates of domestic violence experienced by women of color and by white women who have been in heterosexual relationships. Our research question was “Do college-aged women of color experience higher rates of DV than their white counterparts in heterosexual relationships?” We hypothesized that our research would find that college-aged women of color were more likely to experience DV than their white counterparts in specifically heterosexual relationships. The data for our study was collected from heterosexual women at Valparaiso University from different racial backgrounds.

Previous studies found a statistical difference between how different groups, whether by race or gender, define domestic violence. Women of color in heterosexual relationships were found to experience greater rates of domestic violence than white women. This presentation will examine if that trend holds true among university women who have been in heterosexual relationships as well.
Oral Presentation

When & Where

09:30 AM
Jordan Hall 201