When Floridians consider domestic violence, they may not immediately think of a college campus setting. But college students are as susceptible to domestic violence issues as anyone else, and may be more at risk for some specific behavior, such as stalking. The federal Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act will begin requiring reports about domestic violence situations on campus from universities that accept federal funding, but the University of Florida got a head start by issuing reports for 2013.
Colleges were already required to file reports listing certain crimes and activities. Previous reports had to include the number of reported burglaries, arsons, aggravated assaults, manslaughters, homicides and rapes. Additional legislation is now requiring schools to add dating violence, stalking and domestic violence to the reports.