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.
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