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Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program (IPVAP)
WE ARE COMMITTED TO ADDRESSING INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE AND BUILDING HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS
The VA’s Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program (IPVAP) is committed to helping Veterans, their partners, and VA staff who are impacted by IPV. If you, or someone you know could be experiencing and/or using IPV - help is available.
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is Domestic Violence (DV) Awareness Month. To help address the impact IPV has on Veterans, family members, and VA staff the IPVAP recommends and promotes the importance of reviewing intimate partner relationships for health and safety. We encourage Veterans, their Partners, and VA staff to Check Up, Check In and Check Out IPVAP Coordinator resources and services.
The national IPVAP also supports the White Ribbon-VA Campaign, also occurring in October!
White Ribbon VA is a national call to action that aims to eliminate sexual harassment, sexual assault, and domestic violence in VA health care settings and communities. White Ribbon VA is a genderless awareness movement where ALL can participate by taking a pledge to never commit, excuse, or stay silent about harassment or violence. Please visit https://www.va.gov/health/harassment-free/ to learn more.
Intimate Partner Violence & COVID-19
During a public crisis (such as, the COVID-19 pandemic) which disrupts daily life, it is important to recognize and support those who are experiencing or using intimate partner violence (IPV). For individuals experiencing IPV, any disruption to normal life or access to services can mean increased potential for harm. This often occurs during natural disasters or human-based disasters, such as fires, chemical spills, and mass violence. Special considerations to support the experience of violence during disasters include ensuring continued access to resources, support, and services. Those who use violence may experience increased stress during a disaster as a result of many factors, such as reduced access to basic needs, food, water, or shelter. Seeking assistance in hospitals, court houses and other public service agencies may also be limited. The VA Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program (IPVAP) has Coordinators in VA facilities available for support.
COVID-19 and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) - Video
Research has shown relationship conflict and/or abuse may occur and escalate during times of crisis (like the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19). In response to COVID-19 and its impact on IPV, the VA Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program (IPVAP) released a campaign to address the unique circumstances faced by those who are at heightened risk due to IPV.
The “COVID-19 and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)” informational video was developed as an additional modality to raise awareness & broaden outreach. Because COVID-19 and IPV can affect anyone, special attention was paid to inclusivity with regard to diversity (race, sexuality, age, gender.)
Find help in the community by calling the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233 (SAFE) or TTY 1−800−787−3224.
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