Intimate Partner Violence

Facts about Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)

  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 7 men will be victims of domestic violence in their lifetime
  • Intimate partner violence -- also known as domestic violence -- can be defined as the abuse of one person to another with whom the abused has or had a significant and intimate relationship
  • Domestic violence is not about an anger management problem or a bad temper -- it is about power and control
  • Abusers use different forms of abuse to gain and maintain power and control in the relationship

Some Common Myths & Truths

Myth: The victim must have done something to deserve the abuse

  • Truth: No one ever deserves to be the victim of domestic violence

Myth: Domestic violence only happens to certain kinds of people

  • Truth: Domestic violence can happen to any person regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, age or socio-economic status

Myth: Domestic violence is only physical abuse
  • Truth: Domestic violence can include emotional, psychological, verbal, financial and sexual abuse as well as physical abuse

Power and Control Wheel

The power and control wheel is helpful in understanding the pattern of abusive and violent behaviors which are used by abusers to establish and maintain control over their partner. Often, one or more of the violent incidents involve multiple types pf abuse and over time, a pattern of intimidation and control is established within the context of the relationship. 


IPV Power Wheel

Cycle of Violence

  • Each stage can last a different amount time, but as the relationship progresses and the cycle is repeated, it is highly likely that the "Honeymoon" phase will become shorter and shorter.