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Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2017 May;19(5):26. doi: 10.1007/s11920-017-0778-6.

Current Reports on Perinatal Intimate Partner Violence.

Author information

1
University Health Network Centre for Mental Health, University of Toronto, 200 Elizabeth Street, EN-7-229, Toronto, ON, M5G2C4, Canada. donna.stewart@uhn.ca.
2
Women's College Hospital and Research Institute and University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.
3
Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, and of Pediatrics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada.
4
National Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience, Bengaluru, India.
5
Obstetrics and Gynecology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA.
6
Psychiatry and Mental Health Unit, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru.
7
Faculty of Information and Media Studies, Western University, London, Canada.
8
University Health Network Women's Health Program, Toronto, Canada.

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW:

The purpose of this study was to review the literature on perinatal intimate partner violence, focusing on recent knowledge to guide mental health professionals on the best approaches to identify and treat women exposed to perinatal intimate partner violence.

RECENT FINDINGS:

Risk factors have been broadened from individual victim and perpetrator factors to include relationship, community, and societal factors which interact together. Better information is now available on how to identify, document, and treat women exposed to violence around the time of conception, pregnancy, and the postpartum period. Recent information helps psychiatrists and other mental health professionals assist women exposed to violence related to the perinatal period; however, further research is needed to provide improved evidence for optimal interventions for better patient outcomes.

KEYWORDS:

Interventions; Intimate partner violence; Mental health; Perinatal

PMID:
28417270
DOI:
10.1007/s11920-017-0778-6
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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