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Coercive Control in Abusive Relationships

Despite what some may think, intimate partner violence doesn’t necessarily equate to only physical abuse. Types of psychological maltreatment, such as coercive control, can be just as damaging for victims, leaving them fearful of and reliant on their abuser.  The Coercive Control Collective (CCC) defines coercive control as “a pattern of controlling behaviors over time […]

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The Risk of Weapons in Domestic Violence Scenarios

On average, more than 10 million people in the United States experience some form of intimate partner violence (IPV) each year.1 IPV, also commonly referred to as domestic violence, is defined as the physical, sexual, or psychological abuse perpetrated by a current or former intimate partner or spouse. This term can also encompass the stalking […]

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Debunking Myths about Child Abuse

Stories of child abuse often appear in the news, each one as disturbing and heartbreaking as the next. Through these reports, along with the portrayal of abusive scenarios in other forms of media, many people may have certain assumptions regarding the circumstances in which abuse tends to occur.  However, these depictions of abuse are not […]

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All Abusers are Not Equal

IPV Research Reveals that Nonfatal Strangulation is an Indicator of Deadly Abuse The numbers are familiar but never fail to shock. One in four women will experience violence at the hands of their partner. Homicide is a leading cause of death for women younger than 44 years old, and nearly half of female homicide victims […]

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Substance Abuse & Intimate Partner Violence

In cases of domestic violence, substance abuse can have devastating effects. Several traits that go hand-in-hand with substance abusers are likewise associated with perpetrators of violence, such as loss of control, preoccupation, and obsession. How can substance abuse impact DV victims? Both domestic abuse victims and substance abusers have a greater tendency to tolerate adverse […]

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