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Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program (IPVAP) - VETERANS & PARTNERS - What Is IPV?
What Is IPV?
Intimate partner violence is a specific type of domestic violence that refers to physical, verbal, emotional, and sexual abuse, as well as stalking, between intimate partners.
An intimate partner can include anyone with whom an individual has had an intimate relationship – including current or former spouses; boyfriends or girlfriends; and romantic, dating, or sexual partners. Intimate partners may or may not be sexually intimate or live together.
Intimate Partner Violence occurs in both heterosexual and same-sex relationships and can affect anyone of any age, including older adults.