Intimate Partner Violence
What is it? Who is at Risk? Steps to Prevention
Intimate Partner Violence is a growing public health problem occurring in many homes. Intimate partner violence is any physical, sexual, or psychological harm committed by a current of former partner or spouse. There are four types of intimate partner violence. These for types are physical violence, sexual violence, threats of physical or sexual violence, and psychological/emotional violence. Some cases of intimate partner violence can be prevented by identifying the risk factors. |
Professor Anthony Elder
September 29, 2010
Intimate Partner Violence: What is it? Who Is At Risk? Steps to Prevention
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. IPV is not limited to heterosexual relationships. It also occurs in same-sex relationships. IPV does not require sexual intimacy. Intimate partner violence occurs between two people in a close relationship. IPV can vary in frequency and severity. IPV can range from one hit to severe battering or even death (IPV Definitions).
There are four main types of intimate partner violence. These types include physical violence, sexual violence, threats of physical or sexual violence, and psychological/emotional violence. Physical violence is the intentional use of physical force to cause bodily harm to another. Abusers most always use physical violence to gain control over their partner. Physical violence can range from shoving and scratching to severe battering and death. Although women are mainly the victims, there are a number of men who are victimized (IPV Definitions).
Sexual violence is when an individual uses physical or psychological violence for sexual purposes. In the past, sexual...