Social Worker

Spousal / Partner Abuse


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7 CE credit hours training
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Robert A. Yourell
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Prevalence and Nature of Intimate Partner Violence

Defining Intimate Partner Violence
Intimate partner violence (IPV) has also been referred to as domestic violence (DV) and spousal abuse. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) (1998), IPV is a serious, preventable problem affecting millions of Americans. IPV refers to physical, sexual, or psychological harm caused by a current or former romantic partner or spouse in heterosexual or same-sex couples. The relationship may or may not involve sexual intimacy.

IPV varies across the continua of severity and frequency. Research is showing subtypes of violent and victim partners, the importance of context (the situation), the use of alcohol, mental and personality impairments, and other factors with clinical implications.

Saltzman et al. (2002) identifies four primary types of IPV. They are:
  1. Physical violence: The intentional use of physical force where such force ma


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