Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program - Southern Arizona VA Health Care System
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Southern Arizona VA Health Care System

 

Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program




The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System cares about intimate partner violence. The Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program (IPVAP) offers treatment and resources for Veterans experiencing or using abuse and violence in their intimate partner relationships.

What is Intimate Partner Violence?

The term "intimate partner violence" (IPV) describes any violent behavior including, but not limited to, physical or sexual violence, stalking and psychological aggression (including coercive acts) by a current or former intimate partner that occurs on a continuum of frequency and severity which ranges from one episode that might or might not have lasting impact to chronic and severe episodes over a period of years.  It can occur in heterosexual or same-sex relationships and does not require sexual intimacy or cohabitation.

EMOTIONAL IPV is when a person tries to hurt his/her partner’s self-worth.

Examples include:

  • Name-calling, putting you down
  • Controlling your money or spending
  • Making it difficult to see friends and family
  • Bullying
  • Controlling where you go or what you wear

PHYSICAL IPV is when a person tries to hurt his/her partner by using physical force.

Examples include:

  • Hitting, slapping
  • Strangulation
  • Biting
  • Shoving
  • Kicking
  • Restraining
  • Hair-pulling

SEXUAL IPV is when a person forces or tries to convince their partner to engage in sexual activity against their will or when unable to consent (for example, when someone is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.)

THREATS OF VIOLENCE are ways to cause fear through words, actions, or weapons to harm their partner, possessions, pets, or loved ones.

STALKING occurs when a person frequently or continuously contacts, follows, talks to, or sends things to his/her partner when that are unsolicited.

Examples include:

  • Knowing your daily schedule
  • Showing up at places you go
  • Sending mail, e-mail, texts, or pictures
  • Calling or texting repeatedly
  • Cyber-stalking (contacting you or posting about you on social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
  • Sending unwanted gifts
  • Tracking you via GPS devices in your phone or car
  • Gaining access to your email or social networking accounts 
  • Monitoring your online behavior or cell phone communication (texts and phone calls)

What Are the Effects of IPV?

MENTAL HEALTH

Examples include:

  • Sadness
  • Feeling “on edge”
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Suicidal ideations
  • Substance abuse
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Nightmares
  • Feelings of shame or guilt
  • Blaming yourself for what happened

PHYSICAL HEALTH

Examples include:

  • Pain
  • Headaches
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Stomach problems
  • Bruises/cuts
  • Broken bones
  • Reproductive health problems
  • Death

SOCIAL HEALTH

Examples include:

  • Avoiding new relationships
  • Feeling uncomfortable or unsafe in relationships
  • Money problems
  • Difficulties trusting people
  • Pulling away or isolating from friends and family
  • Homelessness

If you identify experiencing or using any of the behaviors detailed above in your intimate partner relationship, VA can help. Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect in their relationship and to live a life free from abuse. You are not alone.

Local Intimate Partner Violence Resources:

  • Emerge Center Against Domestic Abuse, 24/7 bilingual hotline- (888) 428-0101
  • Arizona Coalition to End Sexual & Domestic Violence Helpline- (602) 279-2980
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline-(800) 799-7233

Contact Info

Location

  • Building 90, Mental Health Clinic

Contact Number(s)

  • 520-792-1450 Ext. 1-1272

Hours of Operation

  • 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.