National Institute of Corrections
You are not signed in! To post comments and participate in discussions you need to sign in or create a free account.
Understanding Intimate Partner Violence
NIC News & Updates

Subscribe

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) defines Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) as “a serious, preventable public health problem that affects millions of Americans. The term ‘intimate partner violence’ describes physical, sexual, or psychological harm by a current or former partner or spouse. This type of violence can occur among heterosexual or same-sex couples and does not require sexual intimacy.”  The Correctional Association of New York describes the impact of IPV to women in corrections noting that the vast majority of women in our correctional systems either have, are currently or will experience interpersonal violence in their lives.  Estimates are that three-quarters have histories of severe physical abuse by an intimate partner during adulthood, and 82% suffered serious physical or sexual abuse as children.  This is a critical issue impacting women in our systems and those that are preparing for reentry into the community.

The most recent National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey provides national statistics on the seriousness of IPV:

  • On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in  the United States--more than 12 million women and men over the course of a year.
  • Nearly 3 in 10 women and 1 in 10 men in the US have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by a partner and report a related impact on their functioning.

Additional resources on understanding IPV and the impact of IPV on women can be found here:


This announcement is available at NIC's Gender-Responsive News for Women and Girls.  Feel free to forward to friends and colleagues.  Subscribe to the newsletter at http://nicic.gov/go/subscribe.

For additional resources on Justice-Involved Women go to NIC’s Women Offenders.




Posted Tue, Sep 16 2014 7:30 AM by Susan Powell

Comments

Be the first to comment on this article!
You must sign in or create an account to comment.
Brought to you by:
National Institute of Corrections
U.S. Dept. of Justice | 320 First Street | Washington, DC 20534 | 800.995.6423

This blog is funded by a contract from the National Institute of Corrections, U.S. Department of Justice. Points of view or opinions stated in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.