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Psychological medicine

Intimate partner violence against men: how can GPs respond?

Susan Rees, ZACHARY STEEL, LYNDON REILLY

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Abstract

Although women are most at risk of intimate partner violence, men can also be victims, and therefore exposed to its physical and psychological harmful effects. We reflect on the available evidence base in this field to offer some insight into the identification of male victims of intimate partner violence, and how GPs can best respond.

Article Extract

There is a strong association between exposure to interpersonal violence and adverse health problems, including increased risk of early mortality.1 Over their lifetime, men are more likely than women to experience traumatic injury associated with interpersonal violence, primarily due to assault perpetrated by other men in the community.1-3

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