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Intimate Partner Violence

IPV - Intimate Partner Violence (also called domestic abuse or relationship abuse) is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship. 


Domestic abuse does not discriminate, anyone experiencing it can be of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion, or gender. It can happen to people who are married, living together or who are dating. It affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels. Domestic abuse even happens within the church, within the congregation, or even with the Pastor and his wife.

Domestic abuse includes behaviors that physically harm, arouse fear, prevent a partner from doing what they wish, or force them to behave in ways they do not want. It includes the use of physical and sexual violence, threats and intimidation, emotional abuse, and economic deprivation.

Source: The Hotline,

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