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Intimate Partner Sexual Violence

Intimate Partner Sexual Violence (IPSV) can be defined as any unwanted sexual contact or activity by an intimate partner with the purpose of controlling an individual through fear, threats or violence. It can affect anyone from teens to elders.


  • More than half (51.1%) of female victims of rape reported being raped by an intimate partner.1
  • 1 out 10 people has been raped by an intimate partner.2
  • 60% of domestically abused women have been sexually assaulted by their batterers.3
  • 76% of women who were killed by an intimate partner were stalked in the twelve months preceding the crime.

Domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking intersect in ways that can increase risk of serious harm and fatality for victims.

Additional Materials

Training Tools
We have a PowerPoint training on IPSV complete with activities, talking points, and other tools for trainers. This curriculum can be used to train advocates and other system partners. We also have curriculum suggestions for working with parents of teens to inform them about helping their children to have healthy relationships and to keep them safer from sexual violence. There is also an activity about teen IPSV that can be used with a variety of audiences.

Resources and Publications
These are materials developed by WCSAP on the topic of Intimate Partner Sexual Violence.

Recorded Webinars & eLearning
These are WCSAP courses on topics related to IPSV. They are all free.


Additional Online Resources


  1. Black, M.C., Basile, K.C., Breiding, M.J., Smith, S.G., Walters, M.L., Merrick, M.T., Chen, J., & Stevens, M.R. (2011). The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010 Summary Report. Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  2. Mahoney, P., Williams L. Sexual assault in marriage: Prevalence, consequences, and treatment of wife rape. In J. L. Jasinski & L. M. Williams (Eds.), Partner violence: A comprehensive review of 20 years of research (pp. 113-163). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  3. Howard, A., Riger, S., Campbell, R., & Wasco, S. (2003). Counseling services for battered women: A comparison of outcomes for physical and sexual assault survivors. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 18:7, 717-734.
Reviewed: May 10th, 2016