The Overlap Between Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Sexual violence refers to crimes like sexual assault, rape, and sexual abuse. Domestic violence, or Intimate Parter Violence (IPV) involves an intentional pattern of physical, emotional, economic, and other tactics used to instill fear and to coerce intimate partners to act against their own will or best interests. Sexual assault is often part of this pattern of abuse as perpetrators who are physically violent towards their intimate partners are often sexually abusive as well.
Victims who are both
physically and sexually abused have a higher likelihood to be injured or killed
than victims who experience one form of abuse. Sexual and domestic violence
perpetrators do not discriminate between gender, race, age, social class,
culture, or ethnicity. Partners who are disabled, pregnant, or attempting to
leave their abusers are at greatest risk for intimate partner rape.
If you or a loved one has been affected by IPV, please reach out to our domestic violence prevention counterpart, YWCA of Union County. They can be reached at their 24-hour hotline at 908-355-HELP (4357). For additional information, you can click their logo, below, to be directed to their website.