Intimate Partner Violence
- Intimate partner violence (IPV) includes physical violence, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, stalking and intimidation that increases the risk of unplanned pregnancy.
- Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a serious, preventable public health problem that affects millions of Americans. The term "intimate partner violence" describes physical, sexual, or psychological harm by a current or former partner or spouse. This type of violence can occur among heterosexual or same-sex couples and does not require sexual intimacy.
The goal is to stop IPV before it begins. There is a lot to learn about
how to prevent IPV. We do know that strategies that promote healthy
behaviors in relationships are important. Programs that teach young
people skills for dating can prevent violence. These programs can stop
violence in dating relationships before it occurs. (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/intimatepartnerviolence/index.html)
- Nearly 31% of women and 26% of men have experienced intimate partner violence in their lifetimes. (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, January 2013)