Some people will use these terms interchangeably, but there are some distinctions. Intimate partner violence (IPV) has become the preferred terminology to use because it covers a broader range. In many cases, "domestic violence" has been used for heterosexual couples residing in the same home, typically with the male as the abuser and the female as the victim. IPV is intended to cover all types of intimate relationships and is not exclusive to people living together.
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From: Simonelli, A., Pasquali, C.E., & De Palo, F. (2014). Intimate partner violence and drug-addicted women: From explicative models to gender-oriented treatments. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 5(0), 1–12. https://doi.org/10.3402/ejpt.v5.24496
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