Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive, controlling behavior that can include physical abuse, emotional or psychological abuse, sexual abuse or financial abuse. It is a pervasive, life-threatening crime that affects thousands of individuals in Connecticut regardless of age, gender, economic status, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or education. (Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence)

Domestic Violence is unacceptable and it is a crime and a violation of Southern's Student Code of Conduct.  We are committed to holding perpetrators accountable and to providing a hostile free environment for all members of the university. We will not tolerate sexual misconduct or sexual assault on our campus.  We encourage survivors to report incidents of domestic violence and we will provide support and advocacy to help empower the survivor whether or not they choose to file a formal complaint with the university or local police department. Click here for support and advocacy services. For reporting options please click here.

Connecticut State Law

Domestic Violence* - is an incident between family or household members that either causes physical injury or creates fear that physical injury is about to occur. Family Violence is not a separate criminal offense. Crimes that may be charged as a family violence offense include such crimes as assault, kidnapping, and sexual assault. Verbal abuse or argument is not considered family unless there is present danger and the likelihood that physical violence will occur. The discipline of minor children by parents or guardians is not considered family violence unless abuse occurs. Those who engage in violence against a spouse or family member can be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the facts of the case.

*Connecticut General Statutes GS § 46b-38a