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Intimate partner violence (IPV): Any pattern of threatened or experienced abuse/controlling behaviors by a current or former partner.

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IPV is common.

IPV can occur numerous times a day and may occur throughout the course of several months. In many instances it is not uncommon for victims to have survived abuse from their partners for many years. Physical, sexual, and psychological abuse are among the three most common types of IPV. In a relationship, there may be more than one type of abuse occurring at the same time.

Woman in a black background, looking abused and frightened, as a result of intimate partner violence, surrounded with words

Physical Abuse:
  • Slapping
  • Hitting
  • Shoving
  • Shaking
  • Hair-pulling
  • Choking
  • Burning
  • Stabbing
  • Restraining
  • Beating
  • Threats to hurt loved ones (such as children and pets)

Sexual Abuse:
  • Forced sex act
  • Unwanted sexual touching
  • Non-consensual sexual contact (such as sexting)
  • Sexually degrading comments
  • Withholding sexual intimacy
  • Threats to expose intimate details, photos, or videos

Psychological Abuse:
  • Name calling
  • Insults and put-downs
  • Isolation
  • Threats
  • Denying access to money, resources, and valued experiences
  • Withholding information
  • Stalking
  • Blaming

Man sitting on the stairs, head down, with hands on the side of his head signifying his violent experience in a relationship

IPV can occur in any relationship – it does not discriminate when it comes to gender, sexual orientation, age, financial background, religion, and race/ethnicity.

Mental health issues experienced by persons who have experienced IPV can include:

IPV is serious and it’s preventable.

Counseling and therapy at Wellness Grove…

Our clinicians understand that it may be difficult to disclose experienced intimate partner violence. We provide a safe, non-judgmental, and confidential setting for clients to share their stories. Among the many sources of support that we provide are IPV education, assistance with safety planning, connections with area resources (such as legal aid, shelters, and hotlines), and assistance with reporting if desired.

Our in-person (outpatient) counseling services are offered in Canton OH (near Akron, North Canton, and Massillon). We also offer telemental health sessions to all Ohio residents.

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