Intimate Partner Violence
The Centre for Disease Control defines intimate partner violence as “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”. From: http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/intimatepartnerviolence/
From the Canadian Women’s Foundation: “Most men are not abusive to their families. However, when family violence does occur, the victims are overwhelmingly female: 83% of all police-reported domestic assaults are against women. This pattern is consistent for every province and territory across Canada.
"The Power and Control Wheel"
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The Power and Control Wheel source has been used with permission by:
The Task Force on the Health Effects of Woman Abuse,
Middlesex London Health Unit (2000)
“Task Force on the Health Effects of Woman Abuse – Final Report.”
London, Ontario: Marion Boyd, Crosshealth Consultant Services.
What does intimate partner violence involve?
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