New Resource – Research Brief: Women Who Experience Intimate Partner Violence and Prenatal and/or Postpartum Depression: Prevalence and Interventions

This timely research brief explores the relationship between Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and Prenatal and/or Postpartum Depression highlighting an emerging body of research indicating that IPV increases a woman’s risk for developing PPD and that experiencing any mental health condition places women at greater risk from an abusive partner. It provides an overview of the current research on the prevalence of prenatal and/or postpartum depression among IPV survivors, as well as the effects of prenatal and/or postpartum depression on survivors. It then offers summaries, article links, and citations for five studies describing the effectiveness of specific interventions designed to support women who experience Prenatal, and/or Postpartum depression in the context of ongoing IPV.

These findings are particularly salient given recent guidance from the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommending routine health care screening for depression during and after pregnancy, noting the potentially serious impact of untreated PPD on women and their children and previous recommendations on screening for IPV among women during childbearing years. This research brief highlights the importance of screening for both IPV and PPD and for providing counseling and referrals that address both of these critical issues. For more information on the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommendations, follow the links below.

 

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