Intimate partner violence (IPV) is an extensive, serious issue, both in the United States and around the world. Also referred to as “domestic violence,” or abusive relationships, this problem affects millions of people each year. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, about 20 people experience physical violence from an intimate partner every minute of the day, which amounts to roughly 10 million cases of abuse each year.
Though it is common, IPV is completely preventable, and no one ever needs or deserves to experience violence from a romantic partner. Actually preventing IPV, however, can be incredibly difficult. This issue doesn’t just stem from the choices of individuals who perpetrate domestic violence; it’s a societal problem that requires significant changes on a larger scale. To effectively end the issue of IPV, individuals, families, medical professionals, and communities need to know about different strategies and resources for prevention and intervention that are available.
This guide from Rider University Online will outline a number of different strategies and resources for IPV prevention and intervention. It will define IPV, explain the different behaviors that full under this larger umbrella, discuss how IPV differs from domestic violence, and describe some of the most common signs of abuse you need to be aware of. Further, it will outline both the risk and protective factors associated with IPV before examining some of the different approaches to prevention and intervention. Even if you or someone you know hasn’t been affected by this issue, it’s important for everyone to be prepared to intervene in situations involving IPV, and to do whatever they can to prevent it from happening in the future.
(Reference: the website of Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse Relationships: A guide to prevention and intervention)