Intimate Partner Violence: Terms, Forms, and Typologies

Richard E. Heyman, Danielle M. Mitnick, Amy M. Slep

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This chapter will review and define the important key terms and concepts in the field of intimate partner violence (IPV). The chapter begins by introducing historical terms (e.g., wife abuse) and currently preferred terms before turning to foundational concepts that organize the field’s terminology (e.g., acts and impacts; physical, emotional, and sexual abuse; neglect; perpetration vs. victimization). Next, definitions from key diagnostic/classification systems (e.g., Department of Defense, DSM5; ICD-11) and US and international legal systems are covered as well as the concept of IPV severity. Following these are terms used in delineating types of IPV perpetrators and in intervening with them. The chapter concludes a summary of why IPV definitions are critical to advancing the field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Interpersonal Violence and Abuse Across the Lifespan
Subtitle of host publicationA Project of the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan (NPEIV)
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)9783319899992
ISBN (Print)9783319899985
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021


  • Acts
  • Harm criterion
  • Impacts
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Partner neglect
  • Partner physical abuse
  • Partner psychological abuse
  • Partner sexual abuse
  • Severity
  • Typologies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • General Medicine


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