Intimate Partner Violence
Intimate partner violence (IPV) is globally one of the most common forms of humanmade trauma and can negatively impact on survivors’ physical, mental, sexual, and reproductive health (World Health Organization, 2005). Comprehensive books have been written about this complicated and difficult subject and tremendous progress has been made in understanding the nature of this trauma and how to support survivors. That said, there is much work to be done and tensions in the literature indicate the existence of diverging viewpoints. While many survivors receive needed support in the United States, others-here and abroad-still suffer in silence. This chapter outlines the definitions, incidence, history, and traumatic impact of IPV. We also highlight best-practice responses and resources for further reading.