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How HRSA Prevents and Responds to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)

The HRSA Office of Women's Health coordinates the implementation of the 2023-2025 HRSA Strategy to Address Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) (PDF - 707 KB).

The Strategy outlines aims, objectives, and activities for HRSA Bureaus and Offices to encourage preventing and responding to IPV across HRSA activities.

What is IPV?

IPV is any form of abuse or aggression by a current or former intimate partner. IPV can look many different ways. IPV includes forms of physical violence, sexual violence, stalking, and psychological aggression.

IPV can have many negative health outcomes for impacted individuals and their families.

How common is IPV?

IPV affects millions of women, men, and children. Nearly half of women in the United States experience some form of physical violence, sexual violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetime.1

IPV disproportionately affects many people served by HRSA's programs, especially:

  • Pregnant women
  • LGBTQI+ individuals
  • Individuals from diverse racial and ethnic groups
  • Individuals living with disabilities
  • Individuals with substance use disorders
  • Individuals living in rural areas
  • Individuals with HIV

What is the HRSA strategy to address IPV?

The 2023-2025 Strategy consists of three aims:

  • Aim 1: Enhance HRSA coordination of IPV efforts
  • Aim 2: Strengthen infrastructure and workforce capacity to support IPV prevention and response services
  • Aim 3: Promote prevention of IPV through evidence-based programs

Objectives and activities under these aims encourage continued efforts to prevent and respond to IPV across HRSA activities.

The 2023-2025 Strategy builds on HRSA's successful implementation of the first-of-its-kind 2017-2020 HRSA Strategy to Address IPV (PDF - 428 KB). The 2017-2020 Strategy Summary Report (PDF - 388 KB) provides details of how all 27 key activities identified in the Strategy were implemented by December 2020 with many recurring.

What are other examples of HRSA's activities to address IPV?

Some IPV-related HRSA activities include:

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1. Leemis R.W., Friar N., Khatiwada S., Chen M.S., Kresnow M., Smith S.G., Caslin, S., & Basile, K.C. (2022). The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey: 2016/2017 Report on Intimate Partner Violence (PDF - 1 MB). Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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