Intimate Partner Violence
Intimate Partner Violence is physical abuse that occurs between family or household members who are living together or who have lived together within the past year, between separated or divorced spouses, between individuals who have a child together, or between individuals who are currently in an intimate relationship or who were in such a relationship within the year prior to the abuse. Iowa’s Intimate Partner Violence law describes the process for obtaining a restraining order (.pdf), police responsibilities, how the criminal justice system works, and other resources.
Some victims leave, others stay, and yet others leave, but later return to their batterer, having been convinced that he has changed. To an outsider, this is frustrating and confusing. They wonder, “why would anyone stay in an abusive relationship?”
Research shows that Intimate Partner Violence tends to escalate in severity when victims communicate that they intend to leave or they actually leave the relationship. For this reason, it is very important to plan carefully to leave.