Domestic Violence: Physical, sexual, psychological, financial, or spiritual harm by a current or former household member towards another member of the household. The term domestic violence is often used interchangeably with intimate partner violence (below), but can also be used to refer to abuse in the home outside of romantic relationships such as by a parent, sibling or roommate.
Intimate partner violence (IPV): Abuse or aggression that occurs in a romantic relationship. “Intimate partner” refers to both current and former spouses and dating partners. IPV can vary in how often it happens and how severe it is. It can range from one episode of violence that could have lasting impact to chronic and severe episodes over multiple years.