Victims of intimate partner violence are those found to have been threatened by or subject to criminal offenses by a person:
- To whom the victim has been or is still married to
- With whom the victim was dating, or in a romantic or sexual relationship with
- With whom the victim is or was in a domestic partnership with
Intimate partners are people that have been involved in a dating relationship, people who reside together, or persons that have resided together in the past, or have had a child together. Any violence from one partner to the other is referred to as intimate partner violence. Intimate partner violence can be in form of physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, or economic abuse. Economic abuse is when one partner makes or attempts to make the other financially reliant on them by taking away or sabotaging their way of income.