Intimate Partner Sexual Violence

Intimate Partner Sexual Violence (IPSV) can be defined as any unwanted sexual contact or activity by an intimate partner. Forced sexual contact by an intimate partner may be used as a way of controlling an individual and is often accompanied by fear, threats or violence. It can affect anyone from teens to elders.

Many victims suffer physical injuries. Some are minor like cuts, scratches, bruises, and welts. Others are more serious and can cause death or disabilities. These include broken bones, internal bleeding, and head trauma. Not all injuries are physical.

IPSV also causes emotional harm.

Victims may experience trauma symptoms. This includes flashbacks, panic attacks, and trouble sleeping. They may have a hard time trusting others and being in relationships. The anger and stress that victims feel may lead to eating disorders and depression. Some victims even think about or commit suicide.