Intimate Partner Violence

Intimate Partner Violence


Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a serious, preventable public health problem that affects millions of Americans. The term “intimate partner violence” describes physical, sexual, or psychological harm by a current or former partner or spouse. This type of violence can occur among heterosexual or same-sex couples and does not require sexual intimacy.

The goal is to stop IPV before it begins. There is a lot to learn about how to prevent IPV. We do know that strategies that promote healthy behaviors in relationships are important. Programs that teach young people skills for dating can prevent violence. These programs can stop violence in dating relationships before it occurs.


Important Resources to Know

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline (24/7): 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).  Reach a trained advocate to get the support you deserve. There are no fees, no names, no judgment.  Just help.
  • National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline: 1-866-331-9474; Text: LOVEIS To 22522veis t22522
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673.  Safe, confidential support from a trained staff member and help finding a local health facility.
  • National Resource Center on Domestic Violence:
  • Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault: www.wcasa.orgto find the sexual assault agency nearest you.