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Domestic violence 

Domestic violence
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Domestic violence
Author(s):

Gillian C. Mezey

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199696758.003.0265
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date: 20 September 2019

Over the last decade, the issue of domestic violence has been transformed from a position of ‘selective inattention’ to becoming a high-priority social and public health issue. Although it is now recognized that experiences of domestic violence are associated with adverse mental as well as physical health outcomes for the victim, this has not always been the case. After a brief historical overview, this chapter looks at the definition, epidemiology, and aetiological factors surrounding domestic violence, before discussing the mental health effects of domestic violence, risk assessment, confidentiality and domestic violence, and the perpetrators of domestic violence.

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