Government of New Brunswick

It could be your neighbour, your sister, your mother, or your daughter... it could be you.

IPV is deliberate abuse and intimidation by one person against another in a relationship. It happens when one person uses violence or threats that cause fear, physical or psychological harm. It may be a single act or a series of acts that form a pattern of abuse.

The majority of men who are abusive toward their partner or former partner are not violent outside of their intimate relationship. They are often good colleagues and nice neighbours, which makes it difficult to identify them. However, there are signs if you know what to look for:

  • Does she have unexplained bruises, cuts, marks or scars?
  • Does he constantly criticize his partner?
  • Does he belittle her relationships or forbid her to see her family or friends?
  • Does he control her activities, what she wears, makes fun of her physical appearance or sexual performance?
  • Does he threaten suicide if she were to ever leave, or use their children to get to her?


Intimate Partner Violence can occur in all relationship types (current and former married, common-law and dating relationships, and irrespective of sexual orientation). While the vast majority of victims of intimate partner violence are women, and men tend to more commonly be the abuser, IPV can be directed at male victims by other males or female abusers as well.