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Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program (IPVAP) - VETERANS & PARTNERS - What Is IPV?
Using IPV can impact children and adults alike and can cause further damage to family well-being through witnessing and experiencing IPV in the home.Below are the most common negative consequences to the family for the individual who is using IPV.
- Damage to Relationship with Children – Your relationship with your child may be damaged through a loss of trust and safety. In addition to the direct effects of witnessing or experiencing violence in the family, children may also lose the ability to have contact with their parents through separation or parent’s legal involvement.
- Emotional Harm – Children exposed to IPV are known to experience emotional distress, which can have a long-lasting impact on their mental health. They may be less likely to feel secure, have a positive sense of well-being, and develop healthy relationships.
- Physical Harm – When violence between parents is present in the home, children are at greater risk of physical harm. In addition to injury, children are at a higher risk for illness and tend to have poorer health.
- School and Beyond – Children in homes where IPV is present tend to struggle more in school with paying attention, performing academically, and developing healthy relationships with their peers. Starting in the school years and into adulthood, adolescents may be at higher risk of being involved in drug use, sexual risk taking, and may experience or use IPV themselves.
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