Addressing intimate partner violence with male patients: a review and introduction of pilot guidelines

J Gen Intern Med. 2008 Dec;23(12):2071-8. doi: 10.1007/s11606-008-0755-1. Epub 2008 Oct 2.


Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a common and devastating problem affecting the health of women, men, and children. Most health-care research focuses on the effects of IPV on women and children and addressing IPV with women in the health-care setting. Less is known about addressing IPV with men in the health-care setting. This article reviews the challenges in interpreting research on IPV in men, its prevalence and health effects in men, and the arguments for addressing IPV with men in the health-care setting. It introduces pilot guidelines that are based on the existing literature and expert opinion.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Domestic Violence / prevention & control*
  • Domestic Violence / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Men / psychology
  • Pilot Projects
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic / standards*
  • Sex Factors
  • Sexual Partners / psychology*