Important studies document declining physical health conditions.
- Intimate partner abuse (IPA) is traumatic to the targeted person and seriously impacts his mental health.
- There are important findings related to adverse physical conditions developing as a result of IPA.
- In recovery, addressing both physical and mental health problems is critical to a survivor of IPA.
Intimate partner abuse, mostly cited for impacting mental health, causes significant physical health conditions, which when identified, can provide a valuable advantage to assisting victims in obtaining a return to health with the right approach to healing.
Unfortunately, coercive control in an intimate relationship is too often not seen by the recipient or those with whom they might come in contact, who could be in a position to help, such as a friend, family member, psychotherapist, or primary care professional.
Educating ourselves about the physical health conditions of intimate partner abuse can provide additional insight into an important aspect of what needs attending to for full recovery.
Intimate Partner Abuse (IPA)
In the general public, it took quite a while for the detrimental effects of IPA and coercive control in an intimate relationship to begin to be seen, but still not recognized, as more pervasive than physical abuse and more injurious to one’s mental health.
IPA is identified as a pattern of behavior in an intimate relationship to achieve power and control over the partner. The abuse can be verbal, physical, sexual, emotional, financial, or psychological—or threats thereof.
The behaviors are intended to intimidate, scare, manipulate, terrorize, humiliate, blame, and cause a traumatic impact. Anyone can be at risk for IPA regardless of gender, race, age, sexual orientation, religion, education, and socioeconomic status. In other words, anyone can be targeted by an abusive partner.