Yale’s Definition of Intimate Partner Violence
Intimate partner violence (IPV) occurs when a current or former intimate partner uses or threatens physical or sexual violence. IPV also may take the form of a pattern of behavior that seeks to establish power and control by causing fear of physical or sexual violence. Stalking may also constitute IPV.
General Information About IPV
Intimate partner violence (IPV) is the actual or threatened physical, sexual, verbal, emotional or economic abuse of an individual by someone with whom they have or have had an intimate relationship. Often, that relationship is sexual, but not always—IPV can take place between roommates, for example. IPV can vary in frequency and severity. People of any gender can be involved in IPV; same-sex couples are not immune. IPV, also known as domestic or dating violence, may take various forms but the goal is always the same: abusers seek to control their intimate partners through fear and intimidation.
- Who is at Risk?
- Warning Signs
- Who are the Abusers?
- What if I Hit Back?
- Common Distorted Beliefs
- The Cycle of Violence
- If Your Partner has been Violent with You
- If You have been Violent with Your Partner
- Intimate Partner Violence Prevention
- LGBTQ Relationships
- Helping a Friend
Have you or someone you know experienced IPV? View Crisis Situations - Intimate Partner Violence
For more information and resources on intimate partner violence, please visit the Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services