Current Psychiatry Reports

, 21:12 | Cite as

Identification and Management of Domestic and Sexual Violence in Primary Care in the #MeToo Era: an Update

  • Kelsey HegartyEmail author
  • Laura Tarzia
Psychiatry in Primary Care (BN Gaynes, Section Editor)
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  1. Topical Collection on Psychiatry in Primary Care


Purpose of Review

We discuss recent evidence around the identification and response to domestic and sexual violence in primary care for perpetrators and victims, in the context of feminist social media movements such as #MeToo.

Recent Findings

There is no recent research on identification and response to perpetrators in health settings. There is some limited recent evidence for how health settings can address domestic and sexual violence for female victims and their children. Recent studies of mixed quality focus on advocacy and empowerment, integrated interventions (with alcohol and drug misuse) and couples counselling for domestic violence and cognitive behavioural or processing therapy for sexual violence.


Further research on perpetrator interventions in primary care is urgent. Larger sample sizes and a focus on sexual violence are needed to develop the evidence base for female survivors. Clinicians need to ask about violence and provide a first-line response depending on the patient’s needs.


Domestic violence Partner abuse Social media Interventions Health settings 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Kelsey Hegarty and Laura Tarzia declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


Papers of particular interest, published recently, have been highlighted as: • Of importance

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of General PracticeThe University of MelbourneCarltonAustralia
  2. 2.Centre for Family Violence PreventionThe Royal Women’s HospitalParkvilleAustralia

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