This brief is about the rate at which female veterans utilizing VHA primary care experience intimate partner violence, as well as the risk factors for intimate partner violence. In policy and practice, health practitioners should check for signs of intimate partner violence among female veterans and should inform veterans of services and programs for individuals affected by it; family members should be supportive of female veterans who experience intimate partner violence. The VA could offer more mental health services and the DoD could offer employment programs to help female veterans. Suggestions for future research include studying how female veterans who experience intimate partner violence look for healthcare, ensuring complete privacy and anonymity in the study, using several data collection mechanisms to reduce selection bias, and looking at female veterans who do not use VHA facilities for healthcare.
Kimerling, R., Iverson, K. M., Dichter, M. E., Rodriguez, A. L., Wong, A., & Pavao, J. (2016). Prevalence of intimate partner violence among women veterans who utilize Veterans Health Administration primary care. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 31(8), 888–894. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-016-3701-7
Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence | Gender and Sexuality | Military and Veterans Studies | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Health and wellness, Domestic Violence, Veterans, Women veterans, Health services, Primary care
Family violence; Women veterans; Primary health care
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, "Research Brief: "Prevalence of Intimate Partner Violence among Women Veterans Who Utilize Veterans Health Administration Primary Care"" (2016). Institute for Veterans and Military Families. 291.
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