(111419PARTVIO) 111419Intimate Partner Violence
Intimate partner violence cuts across all relationship types, socio-economic levels, races & religions. Nearly 5.3 million incidents of IPV occur each year among U.S. women ages 18 and older, and 3.2 million occur among men. Most assaults consist of grabbing, shoving and hitting (Tjaden and Thoennes 2000). However, physical violence is typically accompanied by emotional or psychological abuse that can lead to various psychological consequences for victims such as depression, fear of intimacy and loss of self-esteem. To support the safety of the entire family, we must consider how to approach not only victims but also batterers. This means identifying our own fears and bias with working with families where IPV is present.