Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence (Between Partners)

Intimate Partner Sexual Violence (IPSV) is defined as any unwanted sexual contact or activity by an intimate partner with the purpose of controlling an individual through fear, threats or violence. IPSV includes not only marital rape, but all other forms of sexual assault that take place within a current or former intimate partner relationship. IPSV is connected to both domestic and sexual violence.

Sexual violence can take a broad range of forms, including coerced sexual contact, sexual harassment or sexual degradation of the victim in front of others, and
forced penetration.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, nearly 1 in 3 women have experienced sexual violence by an intimate partner.

South Dakota has a statewide Domestic Violence Hotline – 1-800-430-7233. This line is answered by the Helpline Center and can be accessed by those in domestic violence situations, friends or concerned loved ones. The Domestic Violence Hotline for South Dakota is answered 24/7 and provides crisis intervention, support, and referrals to local crisis shelters in the state.