Voices Against Violence

What is Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)?

Historically called "domestic violence", "intimate partner violence" describes physical, sexual, or psychological harm by a current or former intimate partner or spouse. This type of violence can occur among heterosexual or same-sex couples.

Violence by an intimate partner is linked to both immediate and long-term health, social, and economic consequences. Factors at all levels- individual, relationship, community, and societal, contribute to intimate partner violence. Preventing intimate partner violence requires reaching a clear understanding of those factors, coordinating resources, and fostering and initiating change in individuals, families, and society.

-National Institute of Justice

(1) "Domestic violence" means: (a) Physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or the infliction of fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury or assault, between family or household members; (b) sexual assault of one family or household member by another; or (c) stalking as defined in RCW 9A.46.110 of one family or household member by another family or household member.

-Washington State Legislature, RCW 26.50.010

While PLU does not have a stand-alone policy for IPV, there do exist policies on sexual misconduct and violence prevention. Please visit PLU Student Rights and Responsibilities webpage for more information. The sections pertaining to Sexual Misconduct and Violence Prevention are particularly relevant.

PLU will uphold the Washington state policies and laws around the issue of IPV in order to protect its students and preserve their individual rights.