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This session of Grand Rounds explored Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), a serious, preventable public health problem that affects millions of Americans. The term “intimate partner violence” describes physical, sexual, or psychological harm caused by a current or former partner or spouse. IPV can vary in frequency and severity. It occurs on a continuum, ranging from one episode to chronic, severe battering. IPV can have lasting harmful effects on individuals, families, and communities. The goal for public health is to recognize and prevent IPV.

Prevention efforts must be aimed at reducing the occurrence of intimate partner violence through the promotion of healthy, respectful, nonviolent relationships. These prevention efforts should address change at the individual, relationship, community, and societal levels.

Presented By

Howard Spivak, MD
Director, Division of Violence Prevention
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC
Lynn Jenkins, PhD
Chief, Etiology and Surveillance Branch
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC
Kristi VanAudenhove
Co-Director
The Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance
Debbie Lee
Senior Vice President
Futures Without Violence

Facilitated By

Tanja Popovic, MD, PhD
Scientific Director
John Iskander, MD, MPH
Deputy Scientific Director
Susan Laird, MSN, RN
Communications Director

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  • Page last reviewed: February 28, 2018
  • Page last updated: February 28, 2018
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