The aim of this research was to identify the relationship between dating violence against women who study in
university, and their anxiety/hopelessness levels.
Materials and methods: This is a descriptive and cross-sectional research. Data were obtained between December 2013 and
May 2014 from a total of 500 female university students who have romantic relationships, and agreed to participate in the study
by a self-reporting method. For data collection, a questionnaire form which evaluates social-demographic characteristics of
participants along with their exposure to violence was used. The study also utilized Beck Hopelessness and Beck Anxiety Scale. For
data analysis; number, percentage, mean, standard deviation and Mann-Whitney U test were used. All local, ethical permissions
were obtained prior to research.
Results: The mean age of female students participated in the study was 21.05±1.81 while mean age of their partners was
22.99±2.91. 88% of female students had been subjected to emotional violence, 22.2% of them had been subjected to verbal
abuse, 21.4% of them had been economically abused, 16.4% of them had been subjected to physical violence, and 7.2% of them
had been subjected to sexual violence by their partners. While there was a statistically significant correlation between anxiety
levels of students and them being subjected to emotional, verbal, sexual, and economical abuse/violence (p<0.05), there was
also a statistically significant correlation between hopelessness levels of students and them being subjected to verbal, physical,
sexual and economical abuse/violence (p<0.05).
Conclusions: All types of violence against women students were observed to be quite common, and this caused the anxiety levels
of students to increase. Despite the violence, hopelessness/despair of students seemed low. This suggests that violence may not
have too much influence regarding hopelessness/despair levels of young, single individuals.