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Understand the Signs and Symptoms of Intimate Partner Violence

October 11, 2022

October marks Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Awareness Month, also called National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the ACS is providing education and resources each week to support surgeons and care teams. This week looks at the signs and symptoms of IPV, which are like other physical and mental health issues. However, the psychological effects of IPV make it difficult to identify when a sign or a symptom is related.

Importantly, IPV does not manifest only as physical abuse and can have lingering physical, mental, and emotional effects on victims. Individuals can experience:

  • Poor physical health
  • Depression and/or anxiety
  • Trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Feelings of guilt or shame
  • Increased risk of substance abuse
  • Cardiac symptoms such as hypertension and chest pain
  • Chronic disorders and chronic pain
  • Gastrointestinal problems due to stress
  • Reproductive problems
  • Unsafe sexual behavior
  • Low self-esteem
  • Self-harm and suicide
  • Inability to trust others
  • Difficulty maintaining a job

Recognizing signs, symptoms, and types of abuse when experiencing IPV might cause victims feelings of shame, disbelief, and/or fear. Being informed about IPV is one step to take today that can help break the cycle of violence.

The resources below offer information and perspectives on understanding IPV across cultures, ethnicity, race, and gender:

Get Help Today

If you or someone you know is experiencing IPV, consider using these resources for support: