Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a serious, preventable public health problem that affects millions of Americans. The term "intimate partner violence" describes physical, sexual, or psychological harm by a current or former partner or spouse. This type of violence can occur among heterosexual or same-sex couples and does not require sexual intimacy (from CDC IPV Website).
The goal is to stop IPV before it begins. There is a lot to learn about how to prevent IPV. We do know that strategies that promote healthy behaviors in relationships are important. Programs that teach young people skills for dating can prevent violence. These programs can stop violence in dating relationships before it occurs (from CDC IPV Website).
The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department Personal Safety program provides education and awareness resources. We do not provide crisis intervention services but many of the local and national links below do. We are available to come to your group, school, faith-based or other organization to provide education on intimate partner violence as well as these other topics:
- Sexual Harassment
- Domestic/Dating Violence
- Aspects of a Healthy Relationship
- Anger Management
- Conflict Resolution
- Bullying and School Violence