Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program - Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
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Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program

The VA Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program (IPVAP) is committed to helping Veterans, their partners and also VA staff who are impacted by Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). If you or someone you know could be experiencing and/or using IPV – help is available.

What Is Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)?

Any violent behavior including, but not limited to, physical or sexual violence, stalking and psychological aggression (including coercive acts) by a current or former intimate partner that occurs on a continuum of frequency and severity which ranges from one episode that might or might not have lasting impact to chronic and severe episodes over a period of years. It can occur in heterosexual or same-sex relationships and does not require sexual intimacy or cohabitation.

Emotional IPV

 Physical IPV

Emotional IPV is when a person tries to hurt their partner emotionally and mentally. It is common for emotional IPV to begin before other types of IPV.

Examples include:
- Name calling, putting you down.Controlling your money or spending.
- Keeping you from friends and family.
- Bullying, stalking.
- Controlling where you go or what you wear.
Physical IPV is when a person tries to hurt their partner by using physical force.

Examples include:
- Hitting              - Shoving
- Slapping          - Kicking
- Choking           - Restraining
- Biting               - Hair-pulling


 Threats of Violence

Sexual IPV is when a person forces or tries to convince their partner to engage in sexual activities when the other partner does not want to, or is unable to consent (for example, when someone is impacted by alcohol or drugs).  Threats of violence are ways to cause fear through words, actions, or weapons to harm the partner, their possessions, their pets, or their loved ones.

Some people experience only one of these forms of violence, while others may experience more than one. IPV can be a single event or can last for many years. No matter what, no one deserves to be treated this way. 

Everyone Deserves to Feel Safe

What Are the Effects of IPV

Mental Health

 Physical Health

Social Health

- Sadness
- Feeling “on edge”
- Difficulty concentrating
- Trouble relaxing
- Being stressed out
- Trouble sleeping
- Nightmares
- Feelings of shame or guilt
- Blaming yourself for what happened
- Pain
- Headaches
- Pregnancy complications
- Stomach problems
- Bruises/cuts
- Broken bones
- Fatal injuries
- Female health problems
- Avoiding new relationships
- Feeling uncomfortable or unsafe in relationships
- Money problems
- Difficulties trusting people
- Pulling away or isolating from friends and family
- Homelessness
- Job issues

Many People Within VA Can Help You Get Service

Contact our Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program (IPVAP) Coordinator, Katie Walter, LISW-CP, at 843-789-7635. VA employees who are impacted by IPV can contact their Employee Assistance Program. VA can provide community referrals for things such as legal advice, shelters, and support groups. Talk to your primary care provider and they can refer you to a mental health specialist such as a social worker or psychologist.

Additional Resources

The Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program (IPVAP) invites Veterans, caregivers, employees, and the community to learn about IPVAP and other VA programs that intersect with Intimate Partner Violence. Registration is required.

Charleston Area Resources:         
Myrtle Beach Resources
Beaufort Resources
Savannah Resources
Hinesville Resources:
    • Crisis Line 912.368.9200

Contact Info


  • Ralph H. Johnson VAMC 109 Bee Street Charleston, SC 29401

Contact Number(s)

  • 843-789-7635

Hours of Operation

  • Monday-Friday, 7:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M