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What is intimate partner violence?

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is an issue that’s getting more coverage lately as people become more aware of the problem. It’s surprisingly and unfortunately common. According to the CDC, one in four women and one in ten men experience intimate partner violence in their lifetime. In order to combat intimate partner violence, a term sometimes used interchangeably with domestic violence, it’s important to understand what IPV looks like and how it affects people. 

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Does domestic violence “spike” around the holidays? Abusers don’t take a day off

It’s common to think that domestic violence surges come the holidays. Stress, alcohol, and tensions around family members can create a perfect environment for verbal and physical abuse to occur. Many individuals only see family members during this special time of year, and those who have distanced themselves may allow an abusive parent or family member to see them just this once. While that seems like it can cause tensions to erupt again and cause more domestic violence during this time of the year, there is actually very little evidence to prove that around the holidays, more domestic violence occurs.

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