This form of harassment disproportionately affects young people. Educating them on the warning signs could save lives
Intimate partner abuse, or IPA, is highly damaging, extremely dangerous, and very common. It affects one in four women during their lives as well as many men and non-binary people. Every week in England and Wales, two women are murdered by their partners or ex-partners and three women commit suicide as a result of IPA. While it has received much-needed attention in England since the police made it a priority in 2015, universities are lagging behind.
The age group most commonly affected by IPA is 16-24, the group to which most students also belong. Cardiff University recently published figures showing 43 incidents of IPA since last October, and there have been several well-publicised cases among students in the last few years. Yet, even with the current shift towards abuse and harassment being taken more seriously, most universities are still not talking about IPA.
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