Perinatal Intimate Partner Violence

Obstet Gynecol Clin North Am. 2018 Sep;45(3):535-547. doi: 10.1016/j.ogc.2018.04.008.


This article reviews the prevalence and outcomes of perinatal intimate partner violence (IPV). Reported rates of perinatal IPV range from 3.7% to 9.0%. Perinatal IPV is associated with a multitude of mental and obstetric health outcomes that affect the mother and child. Perinatal medical providers have an opportunity to detect victims of IPV and facilitate services for this population. Screening, safety planning, and referral procedures are essential for addressing this public health problem.

Keywords: Intimate partner violence; Perinatal; Physical violence; Pregnancy; Sexual violence.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anxiety / diagnosis*
  • Body Image / psychology
  • Depression / diagnosis*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Intimate Partner Violence / psychology*
  • Mental Health
  • Mothers / psychology*
  • Physician's Role
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / diagnosis*
  • Pregnancy Complications / psychology*
  • Prevalence
  • Referral and Consultation
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Factors
  • Sexual Partners
  • Substance-Related Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Women's Health*