Intimate partner violence (IPV) describes “physical violence, sexual violence, stalking, and psychological aggression (including coercive acts) by a current or former intimate partner”.1 IPV is a pattern of domination in which perpetrators intentionally choose to cause fear, injury, and/or pain in order to gain and maintain power and control over their partners. Most IVP is committed by men and is one form of violence against women.

About 10% of women over the age of 18 in North Carolina report ever experiencing sexual violence in their lifetime,2 and 21% of homicides in NC with known circumstances in 2013 were associated with IPV.3

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). Injury Prevention and Control: Intimate Partner Violence: Definitions. Retrieved from
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2010). Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data, 2010. Atlanta, Georgia: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
North Carolina Injury and Violence Prevention Branch, North Carolina Violent Death Reporting System. (2015a). Intimate Partner Violence in NC, 2013. Retrieved from: