Improving mental health service responses to domestic violence and abuse

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Abstract

Domestic violence and abuse is a considerable international public health problem, which is associated with mental disorders in both women and men. Nevertheless, victimization and perpetration remain undetected by mental health services. This paper reviews the evidence on mental health service responses to domestic violence, including identifying, referring, and providing care for people experiencing or perpetrating violence. The review highlights the need for mental health services to improve rates of identification and responses to domestic violence and abuse,
through the provision of specific training on domestic violence and abuse, the implementation of clear information sharing protocols and evidence-based interventions, and the establishment of care referral pathways. This review also highlights the need for further research into mental
health service users who perpetrate domestic violence and abuse.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-432
JournalInternational Review of Psychiatry
Volume28
Issue number5
Early online date12 Jul 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sept 2016

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