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Lancet. 2002 Apr 13;359(9314):1331-6.

Health consequences of intimate partner violence.

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Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, 525 North Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21205-2110, USA. jcambel@son.jhmi.edu

Abstract

Intimate partner violence, which describes physical or sexual assault, or both, of a spouse or sexual intimate, is a common health-care issue. In this article, I have reviewed research on the mental and physical health sequelae of such violence. Increased health problems such as injury, chronic pain, gastrointestinal, and gynaecological signs including sexually-transmitted diseases, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder are well documented by controlled research in abused women in various settings. Intimate partner violence has been noted in 3-13% of pregnancies in many studies from around the world, and is associated with detrimental outcomes to mothers and infants. I recommend increased assessment and interventions for intimate partner violence in health-care settings.

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PMID:
11965295
DOI:
10.1016/S0140-6736(02)08336-8
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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