What Is Intimate Partner Violence?

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Intimate partner violence is a pervasive societal problem that affects people across all socioeconomic boundaries. This term refers to any behavior within a romantic partnership that causes physical, psychological or sexual harm. It is a significant issue with deep-rooted consequences, especially for women who develop post-traumatic stress disorder from their experiences.

IPV’s effects reverberate beyond the immediate victim, impacting families, communities and society at large. IPV can impede children’s development, perpetuate gender inequalities and increase health care costs.

Types of Intimate Partner Violence

IPV encompasses various forms of aggression.

  1. Physical violence includes actions like hitting, slapping, punching or any form of physical harm inflicted on a partner.
  2. Sexual violence involves forcing someone into sexual activities without their consent, which can range from rape and sexual assault to coercive sex.
  3. Emotional and psychological violence includes actions that undermine your sense of self-worth. Examples include constant criticism, humiliation, manipulation and control.
  4. Stalking is any unwanted and obsessive attention that creates an ongoing state of fear and anxiety.

The Link Between Trauma, Substance Use Disorders and IPV

Trauma from IPV can lead to PTSD, a mental health condition triggered by a terrifying event. Women who have experienced IPV are at a significantly higher risk of developing PTSD. Unfortunately, many women living with this debilitating disorder turn to substances like alcohol or drugs to cope with their trauma, creating a cyclical pattern of abuse.

Substance use disorders can exacerbate the problem of IPV, as they may increase the likelihood of a victim staying in an abusive relationship or impede her ability to seek help. Conversely, being in an abusive relationship can also escalate substance use as a coping mechanism, creating a vicious cycle that is hard to break.

The interconnected effects of IPV, PTSD and substance abuse can have lasting impacts on your life, ranging from chronic physical illnesses such as heart disease and gastrointestinal disorders to mental health challenges like depression and anxiety. These issues can hinder your ability to maintain employment, disrupt your relationships and isolate you from the outside world.

A Path to Healing

Many women who come to Canyon Crossing for treatment have experienced IPV. We want you to know that if you are a victim of intimate partner violence, it is not your fault, you are never alone and help is available.

At Canyon Crossing, we understand the complex dynamics among IPV, PTSD and substance use disorders. We offer treatment programs to address these interconnected issues and help women reclaim control over their lives. We strive to empower women to break free from the cycle of violence and substance abuse and embrace a life of healing, inner strength and lasting recovery.

If you are experiencing IPV and struggling with substance use, reach out to us today. Together, we can chart a path to recovery and a future free from violence.

Benefits of Residential AddictionTreatment

You cannot heal in the same environment that made you sick. This is the philosophy behind our residential addiction treatment program. At Canyon Crossing, women learn to live life on life’s terms while staying in a safe, substance-free setting. This gives our clients the space and peace needed for lasting recovery.
Our residential program combines high-accountability sober living arrangements with first-rate clinical care. While staying in our homes, clients participate in process groups, one-on-one counseling sessions, and hands-on learning opportunities. They also receive ongoing training; in these meetings, life skills like financial management and conflict resolution are imparted. All of this happens with 24/7 encouragement, guidance, and supervision from our clinical team.
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