Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is a pattern of coercive behaviors that includes one or more of the following: physical abuse or the threat of physical abuse, psychological abuse, sexual assault, progressive social isolation, deprivation, intimidation, and/or economic coercion. IPV is perpetrated against current or former intimate partners with whom the perpetrator dated, engaged in a chiefly sexual relationship, married or cohabited.
Adults and adolescents can perpetrate IPV or be survivors of IPV.
Learn about some of the myths and truths about Intimate Partner Violence among LGBTQ individuals on our Myths page.
Different Kinds of Abuse Can Happen in Relationships
Abuse can include physical, emotional, sexual, or economic abuse, as well as threats, intimidation, and isolation. For LGBTQ people in relationships, an abusing partner may also use the weapons of heterosexism and homophobia and threaten to “out” an abused partner in situation where the abused is not out.
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Because of the lack of awareness surrounding LGBTQ partner violence there are many myths and misconceptions about what constitutes unhealthy and abusive relationships. For Example: