What is Intimate partner violence against women?

Intimate partner violence against women is an important subject in the United States as it is currently a national health concern. For those not familiar with the term, it is defined as any type of physical, sexual, psychological, or even stalking violence done by either a current or past intimate partner. The subject of intimate partner violence is also shortened and known as IPV. It is critical for everyone to be well informed about IPV because anyone can be a victim or an abuser, regardless of age, race, or social class.

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence Organization states that, “about 1 in 3 women nationwide have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.” Unfortunately, IPV can result in injuries, psychological traumas, or even death. In addition the NCADV declares that, “72% of all murder-suicides involve an intimate partner; 94% of the victims of these murder suicides are female.” The significance of IPV is particularly important to me because several years ago I had to witness a close family grieve due to their daughter being victim of a murder-suicide by an ex-boyfriend. Six years later this topic still interests me because I continue to come across stories where women are victims of violence in a relationship. Moving forward, so far from what I have researched there is not just one central issue with this topic, but many.

Owing to the fact that it has not been long since intimate partner violence, especially against teenagers became a national public health problem, there is much that is still yet not understood. With many questions remaining about it, there is also a debate on whether teen dating violence should be studied as an issue distinct from adult dating violence. Professors Mulford and Giordano also argue that in order to come to a solution about it, there needs to be a distinction between adults and teens to better make sense of both. Other issues incorporate information as to whether or not IPV has a negative impact on the workplace. From the information provided, to Reeves and O’Leary- Kelly from the University of Arkansas it appears that women are being victimized and their abuse is being reflected on their quality of work, resulting in lower wages or even losing their job.

In discussion of intimate partner violence against women, an additional controversial issue is whether teen dating violence programs should be mandatory in all states. According to the 1 is 2 Many campaign from the White House.org, young women face the highest rates of dating violence and sexual assault. For that reason, Vice President Joe Biden is focusing on reducing violence against teens, students, and young women ages 16–24. The intent of teen dating violence programs is to teach young girls the dangers of abusive relationships and so far they seem to be working to increase awareness. Not only do they claim to help the individual learn the warning signs of teen dating violence but also to spread the word around and help others. On the other hand, one other debate I came across in the Opposing Viewpoints website, declares there is just money being spent on awareness programs and no real evidence as to whether they are working.