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Intimate Partner Violence

also known as



(A PATTERN of) abusive behavior in a relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain POWER and CONTROL over another partner*


*National Domestic Violence Hotline

Myths vs. Facts

  • Domestic violence is a private family matter

  • Most of the time, domestic violence is not really that serious

  • Domestic violence is an impulse control or anger management problem.

  • Victims provoke their partners’ violence.

  • Domestic Violence doesn't happen in my community.

  • It is easy for a victim to leave their abuser.

  • Keeping domestic violence secret helps no one, has been shown to harm children, incurs substantial costs to society, and serves to perpetuate abuse through learned patterns of behavior

  • Domestic violence is an illegal act in the U.S. and is considered a crime with serious repercussions.

  • Abusers act deliberately and with forethought. Abusers CHOOSE whom to abuse, and are selective in their abuse. 

  • Whatever problems exist in a relationship, the use of violence is never justifiable or acceptable. There is NO EXCUSE for domestic violence.

  • Domestic violence happens to people of every educational and socioeconomic level. Domestic violence happens in all races, religions, and age groups. Domestic violence occurs in both heterosexual and same-sex relationships.

  • Fear, lack of safe options, and inability to survive economically without their abuser prevent many survivors from leaving abusive relationships. Threats of harm, including death to the victim and/ or children, keep many battered survivors trapped in abusive situations. The most dangerous time for a survivor is when they attempts to leave the relationship, or when the abuser discovers they have made plans to leave

Downloadable Resources

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