C1: Would I Recognize Signs of Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence – sometimes called family violence – refers to violence that happens between people who are close. Here, we outline two main types of domestic violence: Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and child abuse.

As a CN you should know that what may appear to be physical signs of abuse may not be abuse at all.

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is violence and emotional abuse “used by one person in a relationship to control the other.”1 Previously called “spousal abuse,” IPV is the preferred term because violence/abuse can occur between any two people in a close, intimate relationship. The two people may be married, unmarried, separated, or dating; they may be living together or separately; and they may be a heterosexual or a same-sex couple.2  IPV is considered criminal behavior in the U.S.

Please note: In the Hartford area, the following may be helpful resources for you: Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, State of Connecticut Office of Victim Services

The following two quizzes will test your understanding of domestic violence and IPV (Intimate Partner Violence.) 

[1] http://www.domesticviolence.org/definition/   [2] http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/intimatepartnerviolence/index.html

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