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Duty to Warn and Protect

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a significant public health concern requiring a concerted and coordinated effort among mental health and criminal justice professionals. A large percentage of victims of IPV are injured (i.e., 40% of females, 20% of males). In addition to the physical consequences of IPV, the emotional and economic costs of IPV on victims and perpetrators, as well as those around them (e.g., family members, friends, and members of the community at large) have been well documented. As a result, clinical and criminal justice settings are placing a greater emphasis on not only investigating and treating IPV, but also prevention activities that may reduce the likelihood of victimization. Practice in law and social sciences is intertwined when determining the appropriate response to these ...

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