Government of New Brunswick

Intimate partner violence takes many forms:

  • physical
  • verbal
  • emotional
  • psychological
  • sexual
  • financial
  • spiritual

IPV is based on a relationship of domination. Victims may suffer from isolation, harassment, humiliation, intimidation, threats, physical and sexual violence, and emotional blackmail. The abusive partner may also abuse the victim by controlling the victim’s income and expenses in order to take away independence. The partner’s hold over the victim might extend to a psychological level.

Alcohol, drugs and stress might worsen violent behaviour, but do not justify it.

Intimate partner violence in New Brunswick by the numbers

Everyone pays for intimate partner violence

Children who see or hear intimate partner violence

Aboriginal peoples




Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) can occur in all relationship types (current and former married, common-law and dating relationships, and irrespective of sexual orientation) and can affect people of all genders. While this behaviour can be directed at male victims, the vast majority of victims of IPV are women, and men tend to more commonly be the abusive partner. Many services listed for victims of IPV are for female victims unless otherwise stated.