Intimate Partner Violence And Sexual Violence

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Intimate Partner Violence
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), intimate partner violence (IPV) is a serious, preventable public health problem that affects millions of Americans and is described as a type of harm caused by a current or former partner or spouse and may consists of physical, sexual, or psychological abuse; it does not discriminate, can occur among heterosexual or same-sex couples, and does not require sexual intimacy. The CDC administered a survey in 2010 called the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) to examine the frequency of intimate partner violence (IPV), sexual violence (SV), and stalking among women and men in the United States (administered annually to track IPV, SV, and stalking trends). The statistics for IPV are as follows:
• 1 in 4 women (22.3%) and 1 in 7 men (14.0%) experienced severe physical violence (PV) by an intimate partner,
• More than 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men have experienced SV, PV, or stalking by an intimate partner and reported significant short- or long-term negative health impacts,
• Women who experienced physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime were more likely than not to report having asthma, diabetes, and irritable bowel syndrome,
• Men and women who experienced these forms of violence were more likely than not, to report frequent headaches, chronic pain, symptoms of PTSD, depression, difficulty with sleeping, activity limitations, poor physical health,…
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