Intimate Partner Violence

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is any physical, sexual, and/or psychological violence or harm done by a current or former romantic partner. It is recognized as a serious public health issue and is linked with numerous poor health outcomes. IPV is an issue that disproportionately affects trans people. Past-year IPV prevalence rates from large community-based studies in the United States show that trans people are up to six times more likely to experience IPV than cisgender (cis) women. This entry highlights the particular risk factors in the dominant culture that render trans people more vulnerable to IPV. It also examines the issue of partner abuse from both sides—including discussion of cases where trans people are victims as well as cases where they are perpetrators of IPV. ...

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