What Is Intimate Partner Violence?

IPV is when one partner is an intimate partner relationship tries to gain control of the other person through fear and intimidation. The types of abuse include: verbal, physical, sexual, mental, emotional, and financial abuse. The abuse is part of a power and control cycle where it starts off in the honeymoon phase, then within time tension starts to build, and eventually the tension turns into violence. on average it takes a person to leave their partner 7 times before finally leaving them for good. Angel Step Up is committed to educating the community and help individuals gain the skills and resources needed to live a violence-free life.
Who Is Considered an Intimate Partner?
An intimate partner is a person with whom one has a close personal relationship that can be characterized by the following:
  • Emotional Connectedness
  • Regular Contact
  • Ongoing Physical Contact and/or Sexual Behavior
  • Identity as a Couple
  • Familiarity and Knowledge About Each Other's Lives
It can be a former spouse, boyfriend/girlfriend, dating partners, or sexual partners. IPV occurs between same-sex couples and in heterosexual relationships.
If you or someone you know is currently experiencing intimate partner violence. Below are the services offered to improve the quality of life. 
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Individual Peer Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Victim Compensation Application Assistance
  • Court Support & Advocacy
  • Referrals 
    Our primary focus is on assisting individuals on living a life free of abuse. Although, intimate partner violence is our focus, we welcome individuals who are part of the LGBTQ community and have been victims of crime. We guide and assist with the Victim Compensation Board Application.
    What is Victim Compensation Board?
    CalVCB is a state program dedicated to providing financial compensation for many crime-related expenses. Victims who suffer physical injury, threat of physical injury or emotional injury as a direct result of a violence crime may qualify for assistance.
    Assists Victims of Crime Such As:
    Child Abuse
    Domestic Violence
    Drunk Driving
    Elder Abuse
    Hate Crimes
    Human Trafficking
    Online Harassment
    Sexual Assault 
    Vehicular Manslaughter 
    Helps Pay:
    Crime Scene Clean Up
    Funeral and Burial Expenses
    Home or Vehicle Modifications for Victims Who Became Disabled 
    Income Loss
    Medical and Dental Treatment
    Mental Health Services
    Relocation Residential Security
    For more information, visit the CalVCB website at calvcb.gov