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Interpersonal violence, in its broadest terms, refers to any act of violence committed by one person or group of people toward another person or group of people. However, in the realm of marriage and family therapy, interpersonal violence typically encompasses child abuse, partner violence, elder abuse, teen violence and aggression, dating violence, rape, and stalking. These acts often occur within, but are not limited to, families and other intimate relationships. For example, cohabiting couples are more likely to be physically abusive than married couples. Additionally, rape can occur in dating or acquaintance relationships, as well as among strangers or committed partners. For the purposes of this entry, both acts that occur in families and those that do not will be considered. In discussing abuse in ...

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