Government of New Brunswick

Intimate partner violence takes many forms:

  • physical
  • verbal
  • emotional
  • psychological
  • sexual
  • financial
  • spiritual

IPV is based on a relationship of domination. Victims may suffer from isolation, harassment, humiliation, intimidation, threats, physical and sexual violence, and emotional blackmail. The abusive partner may also abuse the victim by controlling the victim’s income and expenses in order to take away independence. The partner’s hold over the victim might extend to a psychological level.

Alcohol, drugs and stress might worsen violent behaviour, but do not justify it.

Intimate partner violence in New Brunswick by the numbers

Everyone pays for intimate partner violence

Children who see or hear intimate partner violence

Aboriginal peoples




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.