What is it about?

This study is about the connection between domestic violence, sexual assault, and eating disorders in college students. We found that students who reported a history of sexual assault were two times more likely to screen positive for an eating disorder. A history of domestic violence also increased the likelihood of an eating disorder. These findings can help ensure trauma-informed care is included prevention and treatment efforts of eating disorders.

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Why is it important?

There are no current studies in college samples to look at the relationship between these three areas. Therefore this research helps to fill the gap as well as provide further directions on recommendations.


This piece helps to understand three intersecting areas of risk that college students are particularly vulnerable to. It also provides recommendations for incorporating more trauma-informed care so that students' trauma history is better addressed.

Dr. Elizabeth Claydon
West Virginia University

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This page is a summary of: The Relationship Between Sexual Assault, Intimate Partner Violence, and Eating Disorder Symptomatology Among College Students, Violence and Victims, February 2022, Springer Publishing Company, DOI: 10.1891/vv-d-21-00019.
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