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IPV/Dating Violence

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Definition:

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is physical, sexual, or psychological harm by a current or former intimate partner or spouse. The partners do not have to be living together and can be the same or opposite sex.

There are various patterns of abuse, each rooted in the abuser’s need for power and control.

4 Main Types of Violence:

Intimate partner violence is physical, sexual, or psychological harm by a current or former intimate partner or spouse. The partners do not have to be living together and can be the same or opposite sex.

  • Physical Violence: Using force to hurt someone
  • Sexual Violence: Use of physical force to compel a person to engage in a sexual act against their will, or when they are unable to give consent
  • Threats of Violence or Sexual Violence: Use of words, gestures, weapons, etc. to communicate intent to cause harm
  • Psychological/Emotional Violence: Attacking one’s psychological/emotional
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By the Numbers

  • 1.3 million women and 834,732 men are physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually in the United States
  • 40-50%: Murders of women in the Untied States that are intimate partner homicides.
  • 70-80%: Intimate partner homicides prior to which the man physically abused the woman.
  • 40-45%: Battering relationship in which sexual assault or forced sex occurs.
  • $8.3 billion: Costs of intimate partner violence, including $460 million for rape, $6.2 billion for physical assault, $461 million for stalking and $1.2 billion in the value of lost lives.

 

Please click the following links for information related to IPV/dating violence*:

IPV/Dating Violence Brochure

Power & Control Vs. Equality Wheels (PDF)

The Cycle of Violence

Patterns of Abuse (PDF)

In The Mind of the Abuser

Why People Stay in Abusive Relationships

When the Victim Leaves the Abuser

IPV/Dating Violence Support Groups

 

*If you are unable to access PDF files, please call or email Abby’s House and we will send the materials to you in an alternate format.

 

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