Throughout our lives, we are engaged in various relationships, whether platonic, familial, or intimate. While relationships can be a source of support, fun, and happiness, not all relationships are healthy. Some people are involved in unhealthy relationships, which can also sometimes become physically, emotionally, and/or verbally abusive. For Mercer University's definition of intimate partner violence, please review the Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence Policy. The following information pertains to intimate partner violence:
IF YOU HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE:
- Go to a safe place.
- Contact someone who can help you. If you are in immediate danger, call Mercer Police, 911, a friend, or your Resident Assistant.
- Preserve evidence. Seek medical attention as needed, even if your injuries look like they have healed. You may have injuries that need to be assessed by a medical professional. The University has compiled a list of medical facilities in close proximity to each campus that can provide emergency medical assistance, sexual assault and relationship violence evidence collection, treatment for the prevention of sexually transmitted infections, and/or pregnancy and HIV if needed.
- Seek confidential support. Contact your campus counseling service M-F 8:30am-5:00pm or if after hours, contact Mercer Police to access a counselor on call.
- Develop a safety plan. Contact Mercer Police, the Title IX Coordinator, or the Dean of Students to assist you in developing a plan for your safety.
- Talk with an advocate. Mercer has identified several crisis centers and advocacy organizations in close proximity to each campus that can provide support over the phone or in person.
- Request a protective order. Mercer Police, the Title IX Coordinator, or the Dean of Students can help explain this process to you.
- Academic Concerns. If you are having trouble attending classes or completing your academic assignments, papers, and/or exams, contact the Title IX Coordinator or Dean of Students
- Contact the Title IX Coordinator to learn more about your options and resources.
REMEMBER THAT INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE IS NOT YOUR FAULT. HELP IS AVAILABLE.
Please visit the Who Can I Talk To? page for more information about confidential and private support and resources.