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PTSD and Intimate Partner Violence (Excerpt from PTSD Monthly Update from the US Dept. of VA)

Cathy Murphy

A mature couple having an argument while sitting on their sofa at homeIntimate Partner Violence (IPV) refers specifically to violence and aggression between intimate partners. IPV can include physical, sexual or psychological abuse or stalking.

In the United States, about 1 in 4 women (or 27%) and 1 in 10 men (or 11%) report having been harmed by sexual or physical violence, or by stalking by an intimate partner at some point in their lives.

Intimate Partner Violence: Read about the warning signs that lead to violence and make a plan to stay safe.

IPV can be life threatening and lead to PTSD. Symptoms of PTSD can sometimes increase individuals’ risk for future IPV, so it can be important to recognize and treat PTSD symptoms among individuals who experience IPV.

Read more about PTSD symptoms and treatment in our booklets: Understanding PTSD and Understanding PTSD Treatment.

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