Intimate Partner Violence: Terms, Forms, and Typologies

  • Richard E. HeymanEmail author
  • Danielle M. Mitnick
  • Amy M. Smith 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.


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



Preparation of this chapter was supported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (Grant 1UH2DE025980).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard E. Heyman
    • 1
    Email author
  • Danielle M. Mitnick
    • 1
  • Amy M. Smith Slep
    • 1
  1. 1.Family Translational Research GroupNew York UniversityNew YorkUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Glenna Tinney
    • 1
  • Shelly M. Wagers
    • 2
  • Jennifer Langhinrichsen-Rohling
    • 3
  1. 1.ConsultantAlexandriaUSA
  2. 2.College of Arts and Sciences - Society, Culture, and LanguageUniversity of South Florida - St. PetersburgSt. PetersburgUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyUniversity of South AlabamaMobileUSA

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