Intimate Partner Violence

A Guide for Psychiatrists Treating IPV Survivors

Treating Immigrant and Refugee IPV Survivors

Currently, foreign-born individuals make up 12.6% of the U.S. population; emphasizing a need to make cross-cultural awareness and culturally sensitive care a national health initiative.

While several U.S. population-based studies have reported prevalence estimates of IPV for Latinas, virtually no research has shown the prevalence of IPV among immigrant/refugee groups. Despite this lack of specific research, homicide reviews and analyses have consistently documented an over representation of immigrant and refugee women among IPV-related homicide victims compared to that of U.S.-born women.

Download the complete Guide to Treating Immigrant and Refugee Patients Who Have Exprienced Intimate Parner Violence to view:

  • Types
  • Risk factors
  • Screening
  • Safety assessment
  • Key considerations

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Intimate Partner Violence
Population Specific Information

Learn more about treating patients who have experienced IPV:

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  • Mayumi Okuda Benavides, M.D., Assistant Professor, Columbia University, Department of Psychiatry
  • Obianuju O. Berry, M.D., M.P.H., Postdoctoral Clinical/Research Fellow, Columbia University
  • Molly Mangus, Former Policy Advisor, NYC Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence
Physician Reviewed April 2019

Carole Warshaw, M.D.

  • Director, National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health
  • Executive Director, Domestic Violence & Mental Health Policy Initiative
APA Staff Reviewed
  • Sejal Patel, M.P.H.
  • Vabren Watts, Ph.D.
About the Toolkit

This introductory guide offers an array of topics that will be essential in understanding how to work with patients who have experienced intimate partner violence. It provides basic information to raise awareness of the needs of these patients. This toolkit does not represent official APA policy, but offers a perspective from physicians that work with this community on a regular basis. The objective of this toolkit is to help a broader range of psychiatrists become familiar with best practices for treating IPV patients. Please consult the references included in each section for further reading.