“The work of student advocates and additional legislation and guidance, including the requirement to maintain statistics of these crimes, has increased awareness of this issue and helped improve the response of institutions of higher education to reports of these incidents,” UNC Title IX office spokeswoman Hilary Delbridge said.
Delbridge emphasized that survivors of interpersonal violence can also turn to students who have been One Act and HAVEN trained.
The Department of Public Safety plans to use this data to help create preventative education programs. But Randy Young, a spokesman for the department, said because there is only one year of data, not much action can be taken yet.
“It’s very hard to extrapolate from one year’s data, but we want to set a precedent (of publishing the statistics) as accurately as possible,” he said.
Data for the report comes from many different sources, including the Title IX office and local police. The report is compiled by Clery Act compliance specialist Edward Purchase, Young said.
Students working with the interpersonal violence education group One Act said the nature of such crimes means they could be underreported.
“Several instances of dating violence, domestic violence and stalking go unreported,” said Elise Berrier, a One Act Steering Committee co-chairwoman, reflecting the views of the organization.
Young said the report aims to provide the most precise sense of local crime possible.