Dating and City Safety
Dating violence affects around 21 percent of college students. This includes physical, sexual or psychological/emotional violence within a dating relationship. Many incidents of dating violence go unreported. Victims may feel unwarranted shame or embarrassment. They may also worry about telling loved ones or have a fear of retribution from the offender.
There are serious health consequences of sexual assault including increased risk for post-traumatic stress disorder, unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, depression, sleeping disorders and more. Most victims do not seek assistance until a year or more later when treatment may be more difficult. Detroit Mercy takes this very seriously and we want to get the victims of dating violence the health care and counseling they need.
All costs of care for a victim of domestic violence are free. Do not let financial concerns prevent you or a love one from seeking assistance.
If you or a friend has experienced any sort of dating violence, it needs to be reported immediately to Public Safety:
- In the case of an emergency at the McNichols Campus, call 313-993-1123
- In the case of an non-emergency situation at the McNichols Campus, call 313-993-1234
- At the School of Dentistry, call 313-494-6706
- At the School of Law, call 313-993-1123
Please bring any questions or concerns you may have about dating violence to the Wellness Center.
Living in an Urban Environment
Detroit is a vibrant and safe place to live. Detroit Mercy is playing a major role in the ongoing economic revitalization of Northwest Detroit with the Live6 Alliance. Like all major cities, certain precautions should be taken when exploring the sites, sports, shopping and dining of Detroit. Here are four simple tips for staying safe in the city:
- Reduce or eliminate opportunities that make you a target.
- If you are walking around the city, stay on populated and well-lit streets and try to go with a friend. Stay with your friends when you’re out. If you’re at a party, leave together. If you’re driving around the city, park in a well-lit spot with people and open businesses around. Don’t leave any valuables in your car.
- Take out your earbuds and look up from your phone! Also avoid becoming intoxicated to the point that you don’t know what is going on. If you are unaware of your surroundings, you are very vulnerable.
- If you are carrying a bag, hold it close to you and don’t leave a long strap out so that it is easy to grab. If someone does try to take it, let it go. Items can be replaced and they are not worth the potential violence. Minimize your urge to fight back by leaving any valuables you don’t need at home and don’t carry more cash than you need.
- If you live off campus, do not unlock your door for anybody you do not know.
- Increase awareness in places you’re most comfortable. Even if you have been somewhere many times, do not let your guard down. Be aware of your surroundings and your belongings.
- Trust your instincts regardless of feeling embarrassed. Don’t go somewhere if you don’t feel safe.
- Prepare your schedule daily with safety in mind. For example, if you have a late class that gets out after dark, park your car close to that building even if you have a class in a different building earlier in the day.