Health Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence

Lancet. 2002 Apr 13;359(9314):1331-6. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(02)08336-8.

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.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Battered Women / psychology
  • Battered Women / statistics & numerical data*
  • Domestic Violence / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Prevalence
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / epidemiology
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / etiology
  • Stress, Psychological / etiology*