WHAT IS INTIMATE PARTNER PHYSICAL ABUSE?
Physical abuse includes the physical assault, battery, and sexual assault used as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. Physical abuse can cause severe injury and even death. It often co-occurs with other forms of abuse, including psychological abuse, economic abuse, and stalking.
INTIMATE PARTNER HOMICIDE:
- In 2007, 1,640 women were murdered by intimate partners; in 2012, 924 women were killed by intimate partners.
- 40% of female murder victims are killed by intimate partners.
- Almost half of intimate partner homicides are committed by dating partners.
- 76% of women who are killed by intimate partners and 85% of women who survive homicide attempts are stalked prior to the murder or attempted murder.
WHY DOES IT MATTER?
Intimate partner physical abuse is not bound by age, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or nationality; it exists in all communities. Contrary to popular belief, physical abuse is not simply a maladjusted person’s occasional expression of frustration or anger, nor is it typically an isolated incident. Physical abuse is a tool of control and oppression and is a choice made by one person in a relationship to control another.