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UNC releases violence, stalking statistics required by Violence Against Women Act

A recent Clery Act report recorded six instances of dating violence, five instances of domestic violence and 14 instances of stalking at UNC.

The records were mandated by the Violence Against Women Act, which this year added to the crime statistics universities must publish in their annual Clery Act campus crime report.

The Chapel Hill and Carrboro police departments did not report any instances of stalking, domestic violence and dating violence in the 2013 calendar year.

Five of the 14 instances of stalking took place in UNC residence halls, while one of the six instances of dating violence took place in a residence hall, the report said.

“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.

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