What is Intimate Partner Violence?

Intimate partner violence, otherwise known as domestic violence, is a crime in California. It can take many forms including physical, verbal, and sexual abuse. Although most assaults are made against women, others, including men, teenagers and same-sex couples can be victims of intimate partner violence.

  • 1 out of 3 women murdered in the U.S. is killed by their husband or boyfriend
  • intimate partner violence affects at least one out of every four American families.
  • Women ages 16 - 24 experience the highest per capita rates of intimate partner violence

A majority of relationships are not abusive. However, on-going abuse occurs in approximately one-third of relationships regardless of sexual orientation, ethnicity, or class. Based on several studies in the early 1990's, partner abuse occurs in 25-33% of LGBT relationships, which is roughly equal to the prevalence of heterosexual domestic violence.