Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature

Intimate partner violence includes unwelcome dating violence, domestic violence, and relationship violence. IPV is one act, one threatened act, or an ongoing pattern of behavior that is directed against a person who is or was involved in a sexual, dating, domestic or other intimate relationship with another.

IPV can be, but is not limited to unwelcome physical violence and/or sexual violence and can be threats, assault, property damage, or violence directed at a spouse, former spouse, individual who you share a child, individual you cohabitate with, a family or household member, or an individual with whom you currently have or previously had a sexual, romantic, or intimate relationship.

IPV starts with controlling behavior and escalates to violence and abuse. It can be verbal, emotional, physical, psychological, financial and/or sexual.

In an IPV relationship, you are often times isolated from your family and friends; you are told what to wear, what you can do, and how to act; and your movement and schedule are monitored.



  • Name calling, denigrating, belittling, humiliating and saying you are worthless
  • Excessive jealously
  • Threatening you, your family and/or your friends


  • Unwelcome slapping, pushing, pinching, kicking, hitting, biting, or strangling


  • Unwanted touching, fondling, and kissing
  • Forced sex acts
  • Not allowing the use of birth control