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Prim Care. 2009 Mar;36(1):167-79, x. doi: 10.1016/j.pop.2008.10.010.

Intimate partner violence.

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Department of Family Medicine, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7595, USA.


Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a common problem, affecting large numbers of women, men, and children who present to primary care practices. It takes on many forms, including psychologic/emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, and its effects on the health of victims and their children are varied. Although many primary care physicians may be uncomfortable inquiring about IPV, a knowledge of patients' IPV victimization may help physicians develop a better understanding of patients' presenting symptoms and health risks, form more effective therapeutic relationships, and work toward reducing the myriad health risks associated with IPV.

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