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September 22/29, 2020

Intimate Partner Violence: Recognizing and Responding Safely

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, Offord Centre for Child Studies, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • 2Department of Pediatrics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • 3University Health Network Centre for Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
JAMA. 2020;324(12):1201-1202. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.11322

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a major public health problem. Also known as domestic violence, IPV refers to any behavior by an intimate partner or ex-partner that causes physical, sexual, or psychological harm, including controlling or coercive behaviors.1 Any adult can experience IPV; women are most at risk for severe forms of violence. It is estimated that more than 1 in 3 women in the US have experienced some type of IPV in their lifetime.2