Global perspectives on wife beating and health care

  • Jacquelyn C. Campbell


It is now globally recognized that intimate partner violence (IPV) is a serious problem worldwide with detrimental effects on women’s mental and physical health1,2,3. This has not always been the case. It was not until 1985 that intimate partner violence along with other forms of interpersonal violence was officially designated as a public health problem by the Surgeon General in the United States and not until 1993 that violence against women was recognized as a human rights violation by the United Nations. Finally, in 1996, the World Health Organization officially addressed domestic violence and other forms of violence against women as a serious health problem for women. This paper will present a framework for addressing IPV as a health issue, summarize what is known about the prevalence of domestic violence worldwide, explicate the extent and nature of resulting physical and mental health effects of IPV, and make recommendations for improving the health care response to decrease this problem.


Intimate Partner Violence Irritable Bowel Syndrome Domestic Violence Physical Violence Human Immuno Deficiency Virus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jacquelyn C. Campbell
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  1. 1.Johns Hopkins University School of NursingBaltimoreUSA

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