What is Intimate Partner Violence?
Also called domestic violence, it occurs between people in an intimate relationship
It can take many forms, including controlling behavior, emotional abuse, physical abuse, and sexual abuse. The following are some ways that intimate partner violence can look:Physical violence (e.g., hitting, biting, pinching, hair pulling, choking, pushing, burning, using weapons, slamming against something)
Sexual violence (e.g., being forced into sexual acts, being pressured into sexual acts, unwanted sexual contact)
Coercion or threats (e.g., threatening to harm you, themself, or others; threatening to “out” you)
Stalking (e.g., pattern of harassing or threatening tactics that is unwanted and causes fear or safety concerns)
Intimidation (e.g., making you afraid by using looks, gestures actions)
Emotional abuse (e.g., putting you down, playing mind games)
Isolation (e.g., limiting who you talk to, saying no one will believe you)
Denying, minimizing, blaming (e.g., saying the abuse didn’t happen, saying you “made” them abuse you, making light of the abuse)
Using children (e.g., threatening to take children, using children to relay messages)
Using privilege (e.g., treating you like a servant)
Economic abuse (e.g., preventing you from getting or keeping a job, making you ask for money)
Teen Dating Violence
According to the 2017 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 8% of high school students reported physical violence and 7% reported that they experienced sexual violence from a dating partner in the 12 months before the survey.
Teens who are experiencing dating violence are at higher risk for depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, and suicidal ideation.
Intimate Partner Violence in the LGBTQ Community
People in the LGBTQ community report being victim/survivors of intimate partner violence more than non-LGBTQ people. On top of this, they may be less likely to seek help due to past negative experiences, fear of being “outed,” and worry that professionals–such as mental health providers, medical professionals, and law enforcement–will not understand or invalidate their experiences.
How is intimate partner violence addressed at CARE?
Learn what differentiates healthy, unhealthy, and abusive relationships
Learn effective ways of communication
Learn coping skills
Learn about boundaries
Additional resources for domestic violence
National Domestic Abuse Hotline: https://www.thehotline.org/ 1-800-799-7233
Domestic Abuse Project (DAP): http://www.domesticabuseproject.com/
Sexual Assault Hotline: 203-333-2233
Sexual Violence Center (SVC): https://www.sexualviolencecenter.org/
CARE’s Clinicians are In-Network with a variety of providers:
- – Blue Cross/Blue Shield
- – PreferredOne
- – Health Partners
- – Medical Assistance
- – UCare
- – Cigna
- – Additionally, Out of Network & Out of Pocket options are available.
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