Intimate Partner Violence
Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a serious, preventable public health problem that affects millions of Americans. The term “intimate partner violence” describes physical violence, sexual violence, stalking, 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.
CDC’s research and programs work to understand the problem of intimate partner violence and prevent it before it begins.
Factsheet, Definitions, Statistics & Consequences
Strategies to help states and communities prevent intimate partner violence
About, Get Started, Science, Success Stories Publications, and Resources
About, Theory of Change, and Recipients
Factors that increase the risk or protect against violence
Factsheet, Consequences, and Resources
Summary and Special Reports, Materials and Multimedia, Key Terms and FAQs, and Journal Articles
Articles, publications, data sources, and prevention resources
- National Domestic Violence Hotlineexternal icon
- Call 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224.
- Love is Respect National Teen Dating Abuse Helplineexternal icon
- Call 1-866-331-9474 or TTY 1-866-331-8453
- Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network’s (RAINN) National Sexual Assault Hotlineexternal icon
- Call 800-656-HOPE (4673) to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.
- National Resource Center on Domestic Violence external icon
Preventing Intimate Partner Violence Across the Lifespan: A Technical Package of Programs, Policies, and Practices pdf icon[4.52 MB, 64 Pages, 508]
This technical package represents a select group of strategies based on the best available evidence to help communities and states sharpen their focus on prevention activities with the greatest potential to prevent intimate partner violence (IPV) and its consequences across the lifespan.