People Suffering Intimate Partner Violence Need Better Help

Training doctors to ask about partner violence might aid victims, but finding the best way to reach out and treat them still eludes researchers

By Marissa Fessenden

More than one in three women and more than one in four men experience violence, stalking or rape by a partner during their lifetimes. Despite such prevalence and evidence that victims suffer accompanying mental and physical health problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder, health professionals have yet to nail down the best way to address intimate partner violence.

The roots of research on such violence extend back to the mid-1970s, when public awareness of the problem started to rise. Several decades of work by health professionals, behavioral and mental health researchers, and advocacy groups have attempted to define the problem and map its scope. Effective ways to help victims are still being hashed out, however, in part because there have been only a few clinical trials to assess whether one form of treatment works better than another.

Read the full article on Scientific American.