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FACT SHEET | Intimate Partner Violence

The term “Intimate Partner Violence,” or IPV, describes physical, sexual, or psychological harm by a current or former partner or spouse. It also includes stalking that causes fear or concern for one’s own safety or the safety of someone else, such as a family member or close friend.

IPV can occur among heterosexual or same-sex couples and does not require sexual intimacy. It includes violence that is ongoing, or can occur as a one-time incident. IPV is a major public health concern for millions of Americans.

It is possible to stop IPV, before it ever happens.

Download current information about IPV and how you can help prevent it.