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Intimate Partner Violence

If you or someone you know, is a victim of abuse, call the Oklahoma Safe Line 1-800-522-SAFE (7233) to speak with an advocate.

For more information on services for victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in Oklahoma, contact the Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault or the Native Alliance Against Violence.

Intimate partner violence (IPV), also known as domestic violence or relationship violence, is “a pattern of behaviors used to gain or maintain power and control over a [current or former] partner, which can manifest in a number of ways including, but not limited to, emotional and verbal abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, financial abuse, digital abuse, and stalking.” Intimate partner violence occurs among people of all ages, races, genders, and socioeconomic groups.

  • Types of Abuse - The Hotline
  • What is Intimate Partner Violence?

According to the 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS):

  • 4.7 million women are assaulted,
  • 686,000 women are raped, and
  • 2.3 million women are stalked by intimate partners annually.
  • In Oklahoma, 49% of women and 40% of men have experienced intimate partner violence at some time in their lives.

According to the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), among Oklahoma public high school students:

  • 1 in 14 have experienced recent physical dating violence
  • Approximately 7900 have recently experienced sexual dating violence

Traumatic Brain Injury in the Context of Domestic Violence/Partner-Inflicted Brain Injury

Partner-Inflicted Brain Injury is an injury to the brain from blows to the head and/or assaults that make breathing difficult (such as strangulation) during domestic violence (Center for Partner-Inflicted Brain Injury, 2022).

Why focus on brain injuries?

The head, neck, and face are the areas of the body that are most commonly targeted for physical violence by abusive partners. The head, neck, and face are the areas of the body that most commonly sustain injuries as a result of physical domestic violence.
More than 80% of domestic violence survivors surveyed reported being hit in the head, choked, or strangled.
Program: Building Capacity for Domestic Violence Victim Advocates
Why: Ensure survivors are educated about their bodies, give advocates knowledge and tools to identify potential brain injuries and better accommodate survivors with brain injuries within the programs that they are served.

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Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Oklahoma State Department of Health
Injury Prevention Service
123 Robert S. Kerr. Ave Suite 1702
Oklahoma City, OK 73102-6406

Physical Address:
Oklahoma State Department of Health
Injury Prevention Service
123 Robert S. Kerr. Ave
Oklahoma City, OK

Telephone: (405) 426-8440
Fax: (405) 900-7588