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August 4, 2010

Intimate Partner Violence Against WomenWhat Outcomes Are Meaningful?

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Mother and Child Health Research, La Trobe University (Dr Taft); and University of Melbourne (Dr Hegarty), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

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

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