Intimate partner violence Fox Valley (103901)

Key points below

What is Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)?

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is abuse that happens over time.  It is a pattern of controlling and abusive behavior. The abuser works to gain control and power over another person.  Normally, the victim is a woman and the abuser a man.  It happens twice as often in families with children.  It is also known as Domestic or Family Violence.

What are some of the facts?

Victims can be any age, race or gender.  It affects all socioeconomic classes.  Victims may also be friends and co-workers.
It is violence between current or former intimate partners whether they are married or not. They may or may not live together.
It includes physical injury, verbal put downs, stalking, threats and forced sexual activity.  It can also be control over money or not letting a partner work.
Many times children are also harmed.
Teen victims are often missed.  Sometimes poor school attendance, poor grades, and early sexual activity with many partners are signs in teens.
Many children watch this violence in their homes.  They do not feel safe in their homes.  It affects children both at the time of the violence and later on in life.  

How can I help someone who is a victim?

Respect the person’s safety by asking questions about feeling safe when they are alone.   
If a person tells you their situation, listen.  Let them know that it is not their fault and they don’t deserve to be treated in that way.  Let them know that you are glad they shared this with you. 
Share the numbers below.   

Hospital and community resources

Christine Anne Domestic Abuse Services
Neenah/Menasha/Oshkosh   920-235-5998
Winnebago/Green Lake counties  800-261-5998
Harbor House Domestic Abuse Program
Appleton/Fox Cities   920-832-1666
Outagamie/Calumet county  800-970-1171
Community Information Line  211
National Domestic Violence 24-hour Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
Teen Dating Abuse Line (4 pm to 2 am)  Toll-free  (866) 331-9474