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Intimate Partner Violence

The CDC describes intimate partner violence (IPV) as physical, sexual, or psychological harm by a current or former partner or spouse. This type of violence can occur among heterosexual or same-sex couples and does not require sexual intimacy. It is a widespread problem with significant adverse consequences for women and children. Prior research has revealed that IPV-related homicide rates are higher in the most rural counties compared to the most urban regions of the nation. Further, the lack of resources to assist IPV victims in rural communities is a significant concern. Unfortunately, evidence-based approaches for primary prevention of IPV are inconclusive. Evidence is also lacking about the effectiveness of interventions to reduce risk of repeat violence, including counseling and referral. The WVU ICRC is addressing these issues through our research evaluating the effectiveness of newly designed IPV interventions, educational efforts with healthcare professionals, and service and outreach activities in collaboration with community-based IPV service agencies.

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