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Intimate Partner Violence, Female

This entry describes intimate partner violence (IPV) victimization of females, with a particular focus on lesbian and bisexual women. It provides a definition of IPV, describes dynamics of IPV relationships, presents estimates of the prevalence of IPV among female victims, describes suspected causal factors in IPV perpetration, lists consequences of IPV victimization, and briefly describes barriers to helping resources.

Definition of Intimate Partner Violence

Intimate partner violence is the use of physical, psychological, or sexual violence against current or former intimate partners. A couple need not have been sexually intimate, nor to cohabitate, for abusive behaviors to be categorized as IPV. Intimate partner violence may vary in frequency and severity, ranging from chronic, severe battering to as little as one hit with no victim impact. Historically, IPV ...

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