Bridging the gap: college students' perceptions of on campus resources for survivors of intimate partner violence

The purpose of this research was to explore how students perceive Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and to investigate their attitudes regarding the resources available on campus for survivors of IPV at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Many CSUN students are unfamiliar with the term IPV or are unaware of on-campus resources available to survivors. As such, barriers exist that inhibit the accessibility of said resources. Researchers invited students to participate in a self-report survey that explored their attitudes regarding these topics. The sample included undergraduate and graduate CSUN students (N=33) ranging from ages 18-54. Three themes emerged from the results, including: Understanding of the term IPV and knowledge about the issue, knowledge and utilization of available on campus resources, and comfort level of intervening and accessing resources. Results of the survey indicated that many CSUN students did not have great knowledge related to IPV or about the resources available on campus to mitigate the effects of IPV. These findings paralleled with those in other published literature exploring barriers to student accessibility and utilization of resources meant to manage the effects of IPV. Future studies could benefit from exploring this issue on a broader scale (i.e. multiple college campuses) in an effort to better understand the issue. Additionally, CSUN could benefit from developing comprehensive strategies to improve intervention efforts in the area of IPV.