Improving Outcomes in Abuse Management. Module A. Prevalence &
Domestic Violence (DV) and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) are the leading causes of non-fatal injury to women worldwide—and is more common than breast cancer. This module begins by looking at the history of domestic abuse—how abusive behavior, especially to wives, was condoned for centuries—and how, despite laws to protect victims, many victims still hide their abuse out of shame. The module then looks at the slight distinctions between DV and IPV, and examines the ways that such abuse can cross socioeconomic lines. Finally, the module details the different kinds of DV and IPV behaviors—such as physical, emotional, economic and even identity abuse—and how such behaviors can contribute to victims’ long-term health problems.