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Intimate Partner Sexual Assault Against Women: Examining the Impact and Recommendations for Clinical Practice

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Although sexual assault has been conceptualized as a crime that takes place between strangers, research indicates otherwise. For those assaulted by spouses or partners, these cases are referred to as intimate partner sexual assault (IPSA). By providing an overview of relevant findings that focus on the physical, psychological, relationships with support networks and the impact on children, and economic consequences on women survivors, IPSA is framed as a public health issue. This article then outlines how health care professionals can educate about the impact of IPSA violence and the risks associated with remaining in the abusive relationships through assessment and treatment. Finally, the authors provide recommendations for those working with IPSA victims and their support networks.
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Keywords: IMPACT; INTIMATE PARTNER; SEXUAL ASSAULT; TREATMENT RECOMMENDATIONS

Document Type: Regular Paper

Publication date: 01 January 2012

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