What is Interpersonal Violence?
It is really important to understand what Interpersonal Violence (IPV) is so that we can identify it when it occurs. So often we think we know what it is and how it happens but in reality our understanding may not be accurate. IPV is defined as sexual assault, stalking, and relationship violence and involves issues of power and control. All IPV incorporates elements of the Power and Control Wheel. In all instances, the survivor of the abuse is never to blame. The person who commits the act of violence makes the choice to hurt someone else and the blame rests solely on the perpetrator’s shoulders.
Sexual Assault: this is an umbrella term that refers to any sexual activity where one person has not gained permission (consent) from the other person for the sexual activity.
Relationship Violence (Domestic and Dating Violence): this is a pattern of abuse that occurs in a relationship, whether you are (or have been) in a committed partnership, married, or dating. Abuse can take many forms, including physical (e.g: hitting, pushing etc), emotional (e.g: making someone feel they are worthless or stupid), verbal (e.g: name calling, put downs), financial (e.g: withholding money), and sexual (e.g: withholding or forcing sexual acts).
Stalking: is a purposeful course of action, directed at a specific person that causes that person to be afraid, fearful, or intimidated. Stalking can occur during a relationship, after a relationship, or in the absence of a relationship.
How can the PCA help you?
PCA has an on call helpline that is available to you, free and confidentially 24 hours a day, 7 days week. You can access the helpline by calling 303-556-CALL (2255). For TTY calls, contact Relay Colorado at 7-1-1 or 800-659-2659. They will relay the call to the PCA helpline. Individuals with a hearing loss or with a speech disability must have a TTY device to use this service. Trained advocates are waiting to take your call and can explain your options, provide emotional support, or accompany you to the hospital or police station if you so wish. All decisions are yours and the helpline advocates will support whatever you choose. You can also come by the PCA office to meet with someone or just to learn about our services and interpersonal violence in general.