Dating violence crosses all racial, age, economic and social lines.
The Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness describes dating abuse as a "pattern of abusive and coercive behaviors used to maintain power and control over a former or current intimate partner." Individuals of all walks of life can find themselves in an abusive relationship.
A high quality case definition improves the comparability of the health-related event reported from different sources of data, such as comparisons among geographic areas, or the ability to compare data over time.
Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.
The term “intimate partner violence” describes physical violence, sexual violence, stalking and psychological aggression (including coercive acts) by a current or former intimate partner.
It can happen on a first date, or when you are deeply in love.
It can happen whether you are young or old, and in heterosexual or same-sex relationships.
IPV can occur between heterosexual or same-sex couples and does not require sexual intimacy. It occurs on a continuum, ranging from one episode that might or might not have lasting impact to chronic and severe episodes over a period of years. A foundational aspect of any public health surveillance system is developing a standard case definition for the health outcome under surveillance.
The use of a standard case definition is one key factor needed to ensure that information is collected in a systematic fashion.