Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

Intimate Partner Violence in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Relationships

IPV can exist in any relationship, regardless of the partners’ sexual orientation or gender identity.

What is Intimate Partner Violence?

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a pattern of coercive, exploitative and violent tactics, used by one intimate partner against the other, in order to establish and maintain power, control and dominance.  IPV can exist in any relationship, regardless of the partners’ sexual orientation (who they are attracted to) or gender identity (the gender they feel themselves to be, regardless of what gender they were raised to be).

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Control tactics used by abusers of every sexual orientation or gender identity include:

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