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October is Intimate Partner Violence Awareness Month

Date: 10/05/2021


Northern Light Acadia Hospital has developed a brief video outlining signs we should watch for in those around us who may be experiencing intimate partner violence.

National Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Awareness month is held each October across the United States, also known as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The goal is to remember those who have lost their lives to intimate partner violence, celebrate survivors who have had the strength and courage to make a change, and provide a guiding light to those who wish to leave a domestic violence relationship.

Intimate Partner Violence is when one person in a relationship is using a pattern of methods to gain and maintain power and control over the other person. These measures often involve a cycle that gets worse over time and are not one-time incidents. The defining distinction between IPV and normal conflict is fear. Consider the following:

  • One in three women and one in four men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner.
  • On a typical day, local domestic violence hotlines receive approximately 19,159 calls – approximately 13 calls every minute.
  • In 2018, domestic violence accounted for 20% of all violent crime.
  • Abusers’ access to firearms increases the risk of intimate partner homicide at least five-fold. When firearms have been used in the most severe abuse incident, the risk increases 41-fold.
  • 65% of all murder-suicides involve an intimate partner; 96% of the victims of these crimes are female.
  • 1 in 5 women have been raped, half of these by an intimate partner
  • LGBTQ+ community experiences high rates of IPV:
    • 1.61% of bisexual women
    • 2.44% of lesbian women
    • 3.37% of bisexual men
    • 4.34.6% of trans people; 64% experience sexual assault
    • 5.26% of gay men

If you or someone you know is a victim of IPV, you are encouraged to reach out to the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence hotline at 1.866.834.HELP, or visit their website for helpful resources available to anyone looking to leave an abusive relationship.