Intimate Partner Violence Research Round Up

April, 2021

Dear Readers,

In this issue of the NCEAS Research and Resources Roundup, we delve into Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), a serious, growing, and preventable public health problem that affects millions of Americans, which is a particularly relevant issue during the COVID-19 Pandemic. A recent report from the World Health Organization (WHO) states that on in three women worldwide experience violence in their lifetime. The report’s findings are based on data from the largest ever WHO study on the prevalence of violence against women, based on data collected from 2000 to 2018 and therefore does not reflect the toll of the pandemic on women. The United Nations has previously said domestic abuse during Covid-19 lockdowns is a “shadow pandemic.” The term “intimate partner violence” describes physical, sexual, or psychological harm by a current or former partner or spouse. This type of violence can occur among both heterosexual and same-sex couples and does not require sexual intimacy. Additionally, other household members might enact violence against adults in the household outside of an intimate relationship. In other sources, the term domestic violence might be preferred for such situations. The harmful impacts of IPV resonate across communities, locally and globally. A growing body of evidence highlights the health effects of IPV, including fatal and non-fatal injuries. Hence, the consequences of IPV can span a lifetime and include individual and societal level costs, highlighting the importance of identifying and addressing IPV as a key public health and primary care priority. A United Nations Women 2020 brief provides some concrete information and recommendations for the health sector/system regarding COVID-19 and violence against women.

-Memoona Hasnain, MD, MHPE, PhD, Editor

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