What is Intimate Partner Violence?

What is 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 violence, sexual violence, stalking, 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.  CDC’s research and programs work to understand the problem of intimate partner violence and prevent it before it begins.

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