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Intimate partner violence is domestic violence and dating violence that occurs between two parties in a romantic relationship. It refers to one individual’s abusive patterns of behavior used against his or her partner. Intimate partner violence (IPV) involves the victimization of one party by an individual who has secured power in the relationship and uses it to manipulate and/or change the behavior of his or her victim. IPV is abuse that can happen to anyone, no matter what age, race or ethnicity, or gender they are, and no matter what their socioeconomic status or religious affiliation might be. IPV includes various kinds of abuse, from psychological/emotional abuse to identity abuse, cultural abuse to economic abuse; the most well-known kind of abuse in IPV cases is physical and/or sexual.

Millions of Americans are abused each year by partners in romantic or intimate relationships. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report based on their National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) that shows that approximately one of every four women and about one of every ten men have experienced intimate partner violence and/or stalking during a relationship. The CDC also notes that the problem of IPV also applies to teens, noting that when adolescents are involved it is called teen dating violence (TDV). (This is significant to note because approximately 11 million women and 5 million men first experience such abuse in relationships before age 18.)

It is important for healthcare professionals to accurately document medical care or mental health treatment provided for victims with IPV-related injuries because those records can be valuable if legal action is taken against abusers; thorough and accurate records can be used as evidence in a court case. Healthcare providers should consider this as a way they can honor their code of ethics (not to mention the fact that it can protect them from potential liability in any related legal proceedings); their records can help victims of abuse, or exonerate those falsely accused.

If you or a loved one has been falsely accused of intimate partner violence or teen dating violence, you can clear your name. Recognizing what IPV and TDV is key, and retaining the services of a qualified attorney to help you understand and fight false accusations or unsubstantiated claims.

Contacting a licensed attorney who will fight for your rights is the best thing to do if you are involved in an intimate partner violence case. The skilled and experienced attorneys at Jarvis, Garcia, & Erskine Law care about your case and will help you to navigate the legal waters, interpreting Texas statutes regarding IPV to help you reach the best possible outcome. The caring legal professionals will answer any questions you have about IPV charges. For a free consultation and more information about the legal services available from the knowledgeable and competent team at Jarvis, Garcia, & Erskine Law in Austin, Texas, contact their office online or call 512-359-3030.

Though we are committed to helping you fight false or unsubstantiated charges of domestic or dating violence against you, we cannot diminish real suffering of actual victims.

For victims who need help NOW:

National Domestic Violence Hotline

1-800-799-SAFE

www.thehotline.org