Intimate Partner Violence

A Guide for Psychiatrists Treating IPV Survivors

Treating Women IPV Survivors

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is one of the most common form of violence against women, and includes physical, sexual and emotional abuse and controlling behaviors by an intimate partner. IPV occurs in all settings and among all socioeconomic, cultural and religious groups.

IPV may cause or contribute to negative health consequences for women, including mental health disorders. Therefore, it is important to safely and effectively implement IPV screening and counselling throughout the health care delivery system. This can be achieved by educating health care professionals about IPV screening and counseling techniques.

Download the complete Guide to Treating Women Who Have Exprienced Intimate Parner Violence to view:

  • Screening considerations
  • Safety assessment
  • Treatment options
  • Best practices

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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.