n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Intimate partner violence and post-traumatic stress disorder : main topic

Volume 22, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



Intimate partner violence is common, affecting up to 55% of women at some time in their lives. <br>It is a high-risk factor for the development of PTSD. <br>PTSD in the setting of IPV is associated with higher rates of depression and substance abuse and worse functioning and quality of life. <br>It is important to screen all women (including adolescent girls) for IPV. <br>When screening ask direct questions. <br>If a woman is a victim of IPV assess for PTSD. <br>Management is multidisciplinary and includes social interventions and psychotherapy. <br>SSRIs are the first-line medication agents of choice. <br>Look at confounding issues, e.g. ongoing violence, co-morbid substance use and non-compliance when assessing poor response to medication.

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