Intimate Partner Violence & Dating Violence

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is often used to describe domestic violence that occurs between a current or former partner or spouse, often not co-habitating.

Similarly to domestic violence, IPV includes these following elements:

  • DV is a pattern of coercive behavior that one person uses to gain and maintain power and control over an intimate partner.
  • The person who is abusive can use many different tactics of abuse:  physical, psychological, spiritual, financial, emotional, and sexual.
  • The behavior is never an isolated incident, is used to repeatedly hurt and control, and often escalates in frequency and intensity.

Dating Violence is another term that’s often used to describe behaviors similar to domestic violence. Often dating violence is used to refer to pre-teen or teen relationships instead of domestic violence since those relationships are often do not include co-habitation. Sometimes the term dating violence is used to minimize the experience of youth, suggesting that it’s not as dangerous or serious as “domestic violence” because it’s just “dating violence”. This is not the case–all forms of domestic violence can be similarly dangerous for survivors, and concerning for their families.

Teens and youth often experience barriers unique to their age, which is why CWS offers youth counseling, girls groups, IPV DHS, and prevention education to help youth.

For more information, please visit:

Love is Respect

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

National Institute of Justice

National Domestic Violence Hotline