Mental and Physical Health and Intimate Partner Violence against Women: A Review of the Literature

  title={Mental and Physical Health and Intimate Partner Violence against Women: A Review of the Literature},
  author={Gina Dillon and Rafat Hussain and Deborah Loxton and Saifur Rahman},
  journal={International Journal of Family Medicine},
Associations between intimate partner violence (IPV) and poor physical and mental health of women have been demonstrated in the international and national literature across numerous studies. This paper presents a review of the literature on this topic. The 75 papers included in this review cover both original research studies and those which undertook secondary analyses of primary data sources. The reviewed research papers published from 2006 to 2012 include quantitative and qualitative studies… 

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Women reporting intimate partner violence in India: Associations with PTSD and depressive symptoms

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