Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a serious, preventable public health problem that affects millions of Americans. The term “intimate partner violence” describes physical violence, sexual violence, stalking, or psychological harm by a current or former partner or spouse.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identifies four types of intimate partner violence—physical violence, sexual violence, stalking, and psychological aggression.
Domestic Violence can occur between a parent and child, siblings, or even roommates. Intimate Partner Violence can only occur between romantic partners who may or may not be living together in the same household.
In the United States, intimate partner violence is widespread (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 2015): 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been physically abused by a partner in their lifetime. 1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by their partner during their lifetime.
Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence are often used interchangeably.