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.
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