September 12, 2014 -- The World Health Organization recently estimated that one out of every three women will experience physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner — or sexual violence by a non-partner during her lifetime. Intimate partner violence being the most common form of violence against women; a clear link exists between IPV and mental health.
With these startling statistics – this link – in mind, the editors of the international peer reviewed journals Global Health Action and European Journal of Psychotraumatology, were moved to collaborate on a special issue focusing on Intimate Partner Violence and Mental Health. The special issue may be accessed freely online in both journals.
Intimate Partner Violence and Mental Health is comprised of 14 articles pertaining to IPV and Mental Health, IPV and Children and IPV and Health Services. Among the critical questions addressed by the papers: How does cultural tolerance of IPV influence abuse? Why do women stay in abusive relationships? How do women’s exposure to IPV and education level influence corporal punishment of children? How can the vicious cycle of IPV and drug abuse be broken?
Serving as guest editors are: for Global Health Action, Mary Ellsberg of the Global Women’s Institute at George Washington University in the US; and for the European Journal of Psychotraumatology, Sheila Sprague of McMaster University in Canada. Both are recognized experts in the field of IPV and over the past 15-20 year have played influential roles in making violence against women visible as a major global health problem.
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