Best Practices to Prevent Intimate Partner Violence | Best practices in injury prevention

Best Practices to Prevent Intimate Partner Violence

March 2003

The Problem

Intimate partner violence (IPV) includes violence perpetrated by a current or former spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend or date, including same-sex partners. Domestic violence is a broader term and may cover abuse by non-partners, such as parents or children.

IPV can include physical, emotional, or psychological acts. Men as well as women can be victims. It is estimated that as many as 30 percent of adult women in the U.S. have experienced some form of domestic violence in their lifetimes. Unfortunately, few incidents of IPV are reported and documented, therefore the extent of the problem in Minnesota is unclear.

The Minnesota Department of Health began collecting and analyzing IPV hospital data under a CDC grant in 2001, and in 2002 published the Intimate Partner Violence Data Brief: 1998 to 2001.

Prevention Strategies

  • Increase services available to victims, perpetrators and family members.
  • Promote models (specific to cultural norms and sexual preference) of intimacy, coping skills, and community connectedness to prevent intimate partner violence.

  • Identify and promote community norms to discourage such violence.

  • Help individuals, families, and communities assess and build upon their strengths to understand and deal with risks for domestic and intimate partner violence.
  • Collect and analyze data to develop policies and interventions.

  • Increase the number of health care providers who routinely ask screening questions.


(Search these sites for information related to the prevention of Intimate Partner Violence)

*There may be links on this site that are external to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). The MDH is not responsible for the content of external sites, nor does it endorse or guarantee the services or information described or offered on external sites.

Campus Sexual Violence Prevention Portal (MDH): Includes several resources related to preventing sexual violence on college campuses collected by multiple organizations and professionals working in sexual violence prevention. Resources are organized by different individual roles on campus. /topic/svp/campuskit/
Injury and Violence Prevention Links: Access other sites that are related to injury and violence prevention.
Injury and Violence Prevention Sample Protocol for Home Visiting Agencies (PDF): Intimate partner/sexual violence response protocol from the MDH Family Home Visiting program.
Intimate Partner Violence Crisis Intervention Sample Algorithm (Decision Tree) (PDF): Intimate Partner Violence Family Home Visiting Crisis Intervention Algorithm from MDH Family Home Visiting program.
Intimate Partner Violence Sample Algorithm (Decision Tree) (PDF): Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Screening Algorithm (Decision Tree)for Family Home Visiting from MDH Family Home Visiting program
Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse: Supports research, education, and access to violence related resources (online resource only).
Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force (MNHTTF): MNHTTF is a statewide organization to combat human trafficking in Minnesota.

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