Intimate Partner Violence
Historically called "domestic violence," intimate partner violence (IPV) is a pattern of abusive behavior in an intimate or romantic relationship, where one person chooses to control the relationship through the use of force, intimidation, or fear.
The abusive behavior can be physical, verbal, emotional, sexual, financial, or technological. Sometimes it's subtle, and sometimes it's extreme. Without help, the abusive behavior usually gets worse.
IPV can happen to adults and it can also happen to teenagers. Both males and females can be perpetrators or targets of abuse. It can happen in either straight or same-sex relationships.
In order to protect yourself, you should know the warnings signs of an abusive relationship.
IPV isn't just an argument every once in a while. IPV describes an ongoing pattern of abusive behavior when one person chooses to control the relationship through force, fear, pressure, or intimidation.
That romantic relationship can be between two people who are married, divorced, living together, dating, with kids, without kids. It can be between teenagers, young people, adults, or the elderly; a man and woman, two women, or two men; two people from any race, culture, nationality, religion, neighborhood, economic status, or educational level... IPV can affect anyone.
It is important to understand that people commit IPV because they choose to do so, not because they can't stop themselves. Abusing someone is a choice.