Intimate Partner Violence

Intimate partner violence is violence that occurs between two people in a close relationship. The term "intimate partner" includes current and former spouses and dating partners. IPV exists along a continuum from a single episode of violence to ongoing battering. IPV includes four types of violence: physical violence, sexual violence, threats of physical or sexual violence, and emotional abuse. (more)

What you should do

  • Learn the facts about intimate partner violence and share them with others.
  • Speak out when you see others engaging in abusive behavior.  It IS your business.  If you do not feel comfortable confronting someone for fear of safety, call the police (or tell an adult if you are a youth in a school setting).
  • If you think you might be in an abusive relationship or might be abusing someone, contact the Rhode Island Coalition Against Violence or the 24 hour/day Rhode Island Victims of Crime helpline to get help dealing with this difficult situation.
  • Treat others with respect, regardless of their age, race, gender, ability, sexual orientation, or religion.  Using words or engaging in actions that hurt others who are different from you leads to oppression, which is the basis for violence.  Comments or behaviors that you might see as insignificant can create an environment where violence seems acceptable.
  • Think critically about the media.  Images presented on television, in movies, in music, magazines, and advertising can have an impact on us all.  When media reinforces gender, racial, or other stereotypes, this is also setting the stage for oppression and violence.

What we are doing

Domestic Violence Prevention

We work with the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence to increase domestic violence awareness and encourage Rhode Islanders to become involved in addressing this silent epidemic. We also Certify Batterers Intervention Programs.