The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a federal law enacted in 1994 to improve the criminal justice and community-based responses to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The reauthorization of VAWA (2000, 2005, and 2013), along with the the Campus SaVE Act and the Jeanne Clery Act, have worked together to improve the safety of college campuses and enhance the outlook for abuse victims.

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Impact on UM:

All institutions are charged with adopting the following VAWA requirements:

  • A statement that the institution prohibits the offenses of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking
  • A clear definition of what constitutes domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in the applicable jurisdiction
  • A definition of consent in regards to sexual activity, in the applicable jurisdiction
  • Safe and positive options for bystander intervention in order to prevent or intervene when there is a risk of sexual violence or stalking against another individual
  • Information on risk reduction to recognize warning signs of abusive behavior or how to avoid potential attacks

University of Miami Violence Against Women Policy
The University of Miami is committed to maintaining a safe and secure work and academic environment, free of any form of sexual misconduct, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and sexual harassment. A violation of the Violence Against Women Act shall constitute grounds for disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the University.

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Sexual Violence Defined
What You Need to Know
How to File a Complaint

Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Defined
Dating Violence
Violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim. The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship. Dating violence includes, but is not limited to, sexual or physical abuse or the threat of such abuse.

Domestic Violence
A felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed- by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim; by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common; by a current or former cohabitant with the victim; by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred; or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred.

Sexual Assault
An offense that meets the definition of rape, fondling, incest, or statutory rape.

Stalking
Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for the person’s safety or the safety of others, or suffer substantial emotional distress.

Consent
“Consent” means intelligent, knowing, and voluntary consent and does not include coerced submission. “Consent” shall not be deemed or construed to mean the failure by the alleged victim to offer physical resistance to the offender. Giving in is not the same as giving consent.

What You Need to Know
Recognize and Avoid Abusive Behavior Such As:

  1. Frequent yelling directed at a partner
  2. Blaming partner for own faults
  3. Name calling
  4. Consistently accusing partner of infidelity
  5. Kicking, holding, slapping, or scratching
  6. Frequent yelling directed at a partner
  7. Forcible sex
Bystander Intervention:

OFFER SUPPORT if you suspect that the person is being abused or has been sexually assaulted or stalked.
SPEAK OUT against all forms of sexual violence.
BE AN ADVOCATE for preventing sexual violence.
MODEL the behavior that values respect for others and promotes positive pro-social behavior.

Reporting Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence

Retaliation:
The University prohibits retaliation against individuals who file a complaint or who participate in the complaint process. Retaliation is regarded as a basis for a separate complaint and can lead to further review and disciplinary action.

Download:
Say No to Sexual Violence Brochure