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New commission around mental health highlights urgency of preventing intimate partner violence

01 June 2022

A new Lancet Psychiatry Commission, authored by numerous experts including three BPS members, suggests that intimate partner violence (IPV) is a public mental health issue.

The commission, made up of internationally renowned experts in the area, also reported that the relationship between IPV and mental health problems has not been fully appreciated by society or mental health clinicians.

It suggests that preventing IPV experienced by women and witnessed by children could significantly reduce the number of people experiencing mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The commission covers the prevalence of IPV experiences among mental health service users, and recommendations to address the issue including the involvement of people with experience of IPV in developing trauma-informed care.

The authors included Helen Fisher, Khadj Rouf (Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust) and Danny Taggart, all members of the society.

A full copy of the commission can be found on the Lancet’s website, and further information on the findings are available from King’s College London.

If you have been affected by the issues in this article, please see these sources of support:

Refuge
Imkaan
Karma Nirvana
Galop (previously known as Broken Rainbow)
Men affected by domestic abuse
The Samaritans

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