Intimate Partner Violence

Cheryl Regehr and Angelique Jenney

in Social Work

ISBN: 9780195389678
Published online December 2009 | | DOI:
Intimate Partner Violence


Intimate partner violence (IPV) is any behavior in an intimate relationship that causes physical, psychological, or sexual harm to those in the relationship. It includes acts of physical aggression (slapping, hitting, kicking, or beating), psychological abuse (intimidation, constant belittling, or intimidation), forced sexual intercourse, or any other controlling behavior (isolating a person from family and friends, monitoring his or her movements, or restricting access to information, financial support, or assistance). This definition includes current and former spouses and dating partners, and it also includes people in both heterosexual and same-sex relationships. This is differentiated from the earlier term “domestic violence,” which tended to refer to violence between spouses and in particular was often used synonymously with “woman abuse” and “wife battering” due to the fact that women have primarily been the victims of spousal violence throughout history. According to the National Crime Victimization Survey (see Statistics Resources), intimate partner violence accounted for 22 percent of violent crimes against women between 2001 and 2005 in the United States and 4 percent of violent crimes against men. Thirty percent of homicides of women and 5 percent of homicides of men were committed by their intimate partners. On average between 2001 and 2005 children were residents of the households experiencing intimate partner violence in 38 percent of the incidents involving female victims and 21 percent of the incidents involving male victims. A 2005 survey of over twenty-four thousand women in fifteen countries conducted by the World Health Organization (see Statistics Resources) revealed that women who reported intimate partner violence also reported significantly poorer health status, emotional distress, and both suicidal ideation and attempts. In addition, the World Health Organization reports that globally one in three women has experienced intimate partner violence. In further response to such concerns, the WHO (2013) has released clinical and policy guidelines for responding to IPV and sexual violence against women.

Article.  9057 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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