The two most important elements to remember about the definition of intimate partner violence are that it is a pattern of behaviors and there is a power imbalance between the intimate partners — one partner holds some power over the other.
More commonly, you will hear the term “domestic violence” used when talking about intimate partner violence, but it is important to remember that not all partners live together and not all violence in a home is between partners. For example, the term “intimate partner” refers to any intimate relationship between people: long-term or short-term, formal or casual, public or private, serious or not.
Intimate partner violence can happen to anyone regardless of race, age, sexual orientation, religion, ability, or gender, and it can take many forms, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, economic abuse, and psychological abuse. It impacts individuals, families, workplaces, and communities. Since intimate partner violence is framed within the global issue of violence against women, it is shaped and supported by societal, familial, and cultural norms and is complicated by the intersection of other cultural oppressions.
Intimate Partner Violence
Features a regularly updated list of statistics, research, resources, and links to useful tools and resources.
National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS)
Features the most current and comprehensive national- and state-level data on intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and stalking victimization in the United States.
Relationships and Safety
Features useful information for victims and service providers.
Resources by state on violence against women
Features an alphabetized list of resources by state.