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Primary Prevention of Intimate Partner Violence: Current Evidence and Future Prospects

Intimate partner violence (or domestic violence as it is often referred to) is a major public health problem associated with significant morbidity and mortality, particularly among women. Most of the interventions aimed at preventing and responding to intimate partner violence (IPV), not surprisingly, address violence by men against women.  This session will provide an overview of what is known about primary prevention of IPV - reducing the incidence and prevalence of initial exposure - through programs and policies.    Prevention of IPV typically focuses on adult women, but the importance of considering children's exposure to IPV will be discussed.  Gaps will be identified and a framework will be presented that outlines the need to consider the overlap between other types of child maltreatment and IPV, as well as approaches that can reduce causal risk factors.