Module 6 Reflection

Summarize what you learned in this module (3-4 paragraphs)

What is IPV? How likely are women to experience IPV during their lifetimes?

IPV stands for Intimate Partner Violence. We usually think this term is synonymous with Domestic Violence (DV), but DV is an umbrella term. IPV is a specific form of DV. It is violence that occurs from a person you have a close, personal relationship with. There is an emotional connectedness, regular contact, and a physical and/or sexual relationship. In IPV, violence can include any of the following: physical violence, sexual violence, and/or emotional abuse from the intimate partner.

According to the NSVRC (on Power Point for module 6), about one in four women will experience IPV in their lifetime. Some other statistics shared in the video are about 1/3 of women report physical abuse by a partner. Members in the LGBTQ experience DV more than others; the video shared that 44% of lesbian and 61% of bisexual women experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by a partner.

What are the impacts of IPV on those victimized and children? Discuss what survivors said IPV is like.

There are four impacts of IPV: Injury, Mental Health, Sexual and Reproductive Health, and Death.

  1. Injury: chronic health problems from prolonged stress

  2. Mental Health: anxiety, depression, PTSD, Eating Disorders, and low self-esteem

  3. Sexual and Reproductive Health: PID, UTI, Pregnancy Complications

  4. Death: results from severe injury.

IPV impacts children too. It causes increased risks for psychological, social, and behavioral issues. It also causes anxiety, PTSD, school issues, and intergenerational harm/trauma. Children often feel like it is their fault. They also feel helpless, scared, and act out.

What are the barriers to help-seeking? What are survivors' experiences like in the criminal legal system?

This module talked about six barriers to help seeking. They are:

  1. Lack of Awareness--are they really being abused? Also, they are unaware of resources.

  2. Access Challenges--they don't have access to resources.

  3. Consequences for Disclosure--with their abuser, law enforcement, losing custody of children, immigration problems.

  4. Lack of Material Resources--they depend on abuser for economic support, they don't have the means to leave/unable to provide, lack of education.

  5. Personal--lack of hope, mental health issues, and cultural beliefs.

  6. Systemic Failures--distrust and marginalization

Sometimes survivors are the ones who are arrested when the police are called. They are treated like they did something wrong. Based on the TedTalk in the module, this happens a lot to Black women because they respond to their abusers by fighting back, so the police will place blame on them. They are often not given the support and resources they need from law enforcement.

Reflect on your learning experience for this module

This module was a duplicate from the Family Violence class, so I was familiar with the material. It was good to watch everything again because this time I was able to put it in the context of intersectionality in this course. I focused more on that than what all the definitions were.

It's difficult to say I enjoyed this module. It is a heavy topic, but the videos and resources provided give us good data to understand the impacts of IPV in our society. I thought about things in context of the work I do with SAAFE House. I thought it was interesting that one of the videos stated that women who take refuge in a shelter after abuse are more likely to develop PTSD. I believe shelters are important, and it makes me wonder how to improve the system.

I like the in-home program where people are working with parents on how to parent. SAAFE House will do that with clients in shelter, but I see how the impact can be much bigger and more successful in someone's own home.

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