Power-based personal violence is a form of violence that has a primary motivator: assertion of power, control and/or intimidation in order to harm another. This includes relationship/partner violence, rape/sexual assault, stalking, and other uses of force, threat, intimidation, or harassment of an individual. It also includes the use of alcohol or drugs to commit any of these acts. These acts are inclusive acts committed by strangers, friends, acquaintances, intimates, or other persons.
We often use the term “power-based personal violence” in recognition that this kind of violence happens to women and to men. This kind of violence can happen in gay and lesbian relationships, meaning perpetrator and victim can be of either sex. We like to use “power-based personal violence” because it is a more inclusive term.
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