If someone you know is a victim of intimate partner violence, your support is important. Listen without judgement and understand that it takes a great deal of courage to talk about experiencing violence, due to feelings of shame, humiliation, and fear. Never underestimate how much your support could help.
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Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) can occur in all relationship types (current and former married, common-law and dating relationships, and irrespective of sexual orientation) and can affect people of all genders. While this behaviour can be directed at male victims, the vast majority of victims of IPV are women, and men tend to more commonly be the abusive partner. Many services listed for victims of IPV are for female victims unless otherwise stated.