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Intimate Partner Violence

  • By: Michele C. Lynberg-Black
  • In: Encyclopedia of Lifestyle Medicine & Health
  • Edited by: James M. Rippe
  • Subject:Health Psychology / Behavioral Medicine, Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology

Intimate partner violence (IPV), also referred to as domestic violence or spousal abuse, is a significant public health problem. IPV includes threatened, attempted, or completed physical or sexual violence, emotional abuse, or stalking by a current or former intimate partner; it can be committed by a current or former spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend, or dating partner. IPV can occur among women and men and in both heterosexual and same-sex relationships. The broader, more inclusive term intimate partner violence (vs. domestic violence) accommodates the need to include violence in intimate relationships that occurs outside the context of marriage or cohabitation.

More than 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men report experiencing physical violence (threatened, attempted, or completed) and/or unwanted sex from a current or former ...

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