Interpersonal Violence (or IPV)

WAVES defines Interpersonal Violence (or IPV) as behavior within a relationship that causes physical, psychological or sexual harm to those in that relationship.

This violence can come from a current or former (ex-)partner, an acquaintance, or a stranger, though the latter occurs the least frequently. IPV is a gendered topic, and is often addressed in very gendered language. However, that doesn’t mean most males are perpetrators; it only means that in cases of reported assault, most perpetrators are reported to have been male. Both males and females can perpetrate, or be perpetrated against, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.

The forms of IPV most frequently impacting Mason students are

The most important thing to remember when considering IPV is that we spend far too much time focusing on the legal definition, and many people experience forms of abuse that are not illegal, but are still harmful. Sexual violence is a continuum of behaviors of a sexual nature that are non-consensual, and/or exploitative and may cause emotional, physical and/or psychological harm.

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