Mental Health Treatment in the Context of Intimate Partner Violence


This resource examines the mental health consequences of experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV) and abuse, including the traumatic psychophysiological effects of ongoing abuse. It spotlights coercive tactics used by abusers related to a partner’s mental health or substance use as part of a broader pattern of control. For IPV survivors, responding to complex trauma raises concerns, especially when symptoms reflect continued danger and coercion.

The paper provides an overview of IPV’s impact on survivors’ mental health and offers a framework for trauma-informed treatment and support in the context of IPV. This includes IPV-specific treatment strategies and suggestions for incorporating approaches that account for intimate partner abuse and trauma. The goal is to inform efforts to meet the needs of IPV survivors facing mental health strains. Further research is also explored to continue expanding knowledge on appropriate, effective interventions for this population.

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