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Int Rev Psychiatry. 2010;22(5):525-34. doi: 10.3109/09540261.2010.512283.

Domestic violence and mental health.

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  • 1Health Service and Population Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, De Crespigny Park, London, UK. louise.howard@kcl.ac.uk


There are clear gender differences in the experience of domestic violence and associated mental health outcomes. There is also increasing evidence of chronic, severe and often long-term adverse mental health effects for victims. This paper explores these gender differences and the evidence on how mental health care services should respond to domestic violence. The authors argue that any strategy to reduce the burden of women's mental health problems should include efforts to identify, prevent or reduce violence against women.

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