Intimate partner violence.Obstet Gynecol Clin North Am. 2009 Dec; 36(4):847-60, xi.OG
Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a common problem affecting many women who present to obstetrics and gynecology practices. It takes on many forms, including psychologic/emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, and its effects on the health of victims and their children vary. Although many women's health care professionals may be uncomfortable inquiring about IPV, a knowledge of patients' IPV victimization may help physicians develop a better understanding of patients' presenting symptoms and health risks, form more effective therapeutic relationships, and work toward reducing the myriad health risks associated with IPV.