Domestic Violence

JSU Prohibits Domestic Violence on Any Measures

JSU defines domestic violence as a felony or misdemeanor crime of violence (including, but not limited to, sexual or physical abuse or the threat of such abuse) committed by:

  • A current or former spouse or intimate partner of the complainant;
  • A person with whom the complainant shares a child in common;
  • A person who is cohabitating with, or has cohabitated with, the complainant as a spouse or intimate partner;
  • A person similarly situated to a spouse of the complainant under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the violence occurred; or
  • Any other person against an adult or youth who is protected from that person’s acts under the dome.

It is significant to note the importance of preserving evidence that may assist in proving that the alleged criminal offense occurred or that may be helpful in obtaining a protection order.

JSU will make accommodations and provide protective measures for the victim if requested and reasonably available.

I'm in a violent relationship, what do I do?

  • Preserve evidence.

    • This is important to prove that the alleged criminal offense occurred and may be helpful in obtaining a protection order.

  • Who should you report to?

    • UPD,

    • Office of Community Standards and Student Ethics, or

    • Title IX Coordinator

  • Know your options about law enforcement. You can:

    • Notify law enforcement authorities, including on-campus and local police.

    • Be assisted by campus authorities in notifying law enforcement.

    • Decline to notify the authorities

  • If the victim or JSU finds it necessary, "no contact" orders, restraining orders, or similar lawful order can be issues by the court or the institution.

Tips for risk reduction...

  • Create a safety plan for you or someone you know when leaving the person inflicting violence.
    • Make an escape bag.
    • Prepare your support network.
    • Keep evidence in a safe place that the abuser will not be able to find.
    • Plan a destination.
    • Plan a route


For more information on safety planning, visit https://www.thehotline.org/create-a-safety-plan/ 

If You are a Bystander...

Most victims of domestic violence talk to someone they trust before contacting additional support. So what should you do as a bystander?

  • Talk privately and express your concern for them.
  • Check in with them to see if they are safe and offer to help them obtain resources to help the abuse stop.
  • Respect the victims boundaries.
  • Refer them to resources to make an individual safety plan.
  • Learn more about domestic violence.
  • 3rd party witnesses are encouraged to say something to the victim or report to a resource.

JSU Will Protect the Privacy of Victims and Other Necessary Parties

  • There will be complete publicly available record keeping, including Clery Act reporting and disclosures, without inclusion of personally identifying information about the victim, as defined by VAWA.
  • Any accommodations or protective measures provided to the victim will remain private, yet privacy will not impair the ability to provide accommodations or protective measures.

Title IX Investigation Proceedings

Title IX Proceedings- formal complaint filed, formal investigation, evidence review, hearing, hearing decision, and appeal

Have Questions? View the Title IX Grievance Procedure

Need a Physical Paper Copy of the Sex-Based Harassment and Misconduct Policy, including the Grievance Procedure? Get your free copy from the Dean of Students, Human Resources, or Title IX.

Alabama Criminal Code

Domestic Violence in the First Degree
Class A Misdemeanor

Domestic Violence in the Second Degree
Class A Misdemeanor

Domestic Violence in the Third Degree
Class A Misdemeanor

Domestic Violence Protection Order

Arrest without a Warrant
The crimes of domestic violence in the first, second, and third degrees, and domestic violence by strangulation or suffocation, shall be an offense involving domestic violence. A warrantless arrest for an offense involving domestic violence shall include a charge of a crime of domestic violence.

Relation to Abuse Laws
The crimes of domestic violence in the first, second, and third degrees shall be included as acts, attempts, or threats of abuse.

Violations

Arrest for Violation

Resources

University Police Department

Office of Community Standards and Student Ethics

Title IX

JSU Counseling Services

National Domestic Violence Hotline
Live chat available!
Hotline:
1-800-799-7233

2nd Chance, Inc.
Shelter and Support
Crisis line:
256-236-7233
Office:
256-236-7281

One Love Foundation
Live chat available!
Text LOVEIS to 22522 to text with a peer advocate regarding unhealthy relationships.

Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence
1-800-650-6522

Calhoun Country District Attorney's Office
256-231-1770
This office can provide assistance with a Protection From Abuse Order.

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Information Sheet

The content of this page is available in the form of a printable flyer.

Download the Domestic Violence Information Sheet 

Questions? Concerns?

Contact the Title IX Coordinator

Jennifer Argo

Suite 301-A, Angle Hall
700 Pelham Road North
Jacksonville, AL 36265
jlargo@jsu.edu 
256-782-5769