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.

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Notes and References

  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.