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What you need to know about intimate partner violence

On Behalf of | Nov 4, 2022 | Domestic Violence |

All residents of Washington have the right to be treated with respect by their significant others. Sadly, some are victims of intimate partner violence. It’s crucial to know some facts about this form of domestic violence.

Understanding intimate partner violence

Intimate partner violence (IPV) occurs when a person is the victim of abuse within their marriage or unwed relationship. Women are more often the victims of this type of domestic violence, but men can also be victims. Forms of abuse can be physical, sexual or psychological. Stalking is also considered a type of abuse because it’s an unwanted kind of attention.

IPV can affect anyone regardless of race, religion, culture, social status and more. It occurs in straight and same-sex relationships. Sadly, many people experiencing this type of abuse don’t see the behavior as abuse and excuse it away.

Consequences of intimate partner violence

People on the receiving end of intimate partner violence suffer from a variety of problems ranging from physical, psychological and social. Their physical health can deteriorate and they often experience depression or anxiety. Post-traumatic stress disorder is also common in survivors of IPV as they constantly relive the abuse they suffered.

Victims often experience chronic pain, feelings of guilt and low self-esteem. Some develop serious medical conditions that can threaten their lives such as cardiovascular disease. Gastrointestinal problems sometimes occur due to high levels of stress. They might be forced or even compelled to engage in unsafe sexual behaviors that can put them at risk for sexually transmitted infection.

Those experiencing IPV commonly have trouble trusting other people and holding down a job. They are also more likely to harm themselves and attempt or actually commit suicide.

Intimate partner violence could have lasting effects on the victim. It’s not acceptable, and no one should have to endure such abuse.