Sexual Misconduct - Intimate Partner Violence

On this page, you will find general information about Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). You can also learn more by visiting the Yale Sexual Misconduct Response & Prevention site, where you can read Yale’s definition of IPV, or by downloading SHARE’s brochure on the topic here.


General Information About IPV

Intimate partner violence (IPV), also known as domestic or dating violence, 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 vary in frequency and severity and can happen to anyone regardless of race, age, sexual orientation, religion, gender, or gender expression. IPV affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels. IPV occurs in both opposite-sex and same-sex relationships and can happen to intimate partners who are married, living together, or dating.  IPV may take various forms but the goal is always the same: abusers seeking to control their intimate partners through fear and intimidation.

IPV not only affects those who experience the abuse, but can often have a substantial effect on family members, friends, co-workers, other witnesses, and the community at large.