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August 4, 2010

Intimate Partner Violence Against Women: What Outcomes Are Meaningful?

JAMA. 2010;304(5):577-579. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1093

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is estimated to be the leading contributor to the global burden of mental health problems among women of reproductive age.1 There is an increasing urgency for rigorous, good-quality evidence about what is effective in preventing or ameliorating such harm in community and health care settings.2 A recent Cochrane review of partner violence advocacy trials found only 2 trials conducted in community settings and overall concluded that evidence of health benefit is scarce in any setting.3